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Pratt & Whitney Teams Raise Over $3,900 for Diabetes Research

Story and Photos by Barbara Bresnahan
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Each year in the United States, more than 200 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walks to Cure Diabetes are held, comprised of over 900,000 participants, all taking "steps" to raise money for type-one diabetes research.

In Connecticut, the Greater Connecticut Chapter held their annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at East Hartford's Rentschler Field, raising over $157,000.

Two Pratt & Whitney teams were among the 98 teams that registered for the Sept. 29 event: Cam's Ninjas, captained by Diane Lopez, who raised $1,740; and Powering the Cure, led by Chris DeRose, who raised $2,164.93.

The day proved to be fun for many, particularly children, who were treated to lawn games, a bounce house, roving costumed characters, balloon artists and street performers. Music and a dance-along Zumba performance took place at the stage, where NBC Connecticut's Kevin Nathan emceed the event. Speeches were made by several guests just prior to the start of the 1.5 mile walk, which was grand marshalled by UConn basketball coach emeritus Jim Calhoun.

According to their website, www2.jdrf.org, since 1992 the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes has raised more than $1 billion for type-one diabetes research.

Upcoming walks in Connecticut includes one at Ridgefield Recreation Center in Ridgefield on Oct. 20. Details are available online.

Photo Captions:

Photo 1: Balloon hats and costumed characters were part of the festivities at this year's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Despite the early morning fog, the atmosphere was bright and cheerful. There was plenty of entertainment during the event, which raised over $157,000 for the cause.

Photo 2: Street performers entertained participants prior to the start of the 1.5 mile walk around Rentschler Field.

Photo 3 and 4: The Pratt & Whitney team of Powering the Cure, led by captain Chris DeRose, raised a total of $2,164.93 for the JDRF.

Photo 5: Diane Lopez (third from left) with husband Victor and their sons created the team of Cam's Ninjas through Pratt & Whitney in support of their son Cam, who was diagnosed with type-one diabetes at the age of four. The team raised $1,740 during the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sep. 29.

Photo 6: The Eagle is everywhere, including the 2013 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, held at Rentschler Field on Sept. 29.

Photo 7: Jim Calhoun (second from right), UConn basketball coach emeritus and grand marshal of the event, help cut the ribbon, signaling the start of the 2013 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Photo 8: The Pratt & Whitney Powering the Cure team led the way from the starting line, beginning the 1.5-mile walk around Rentschler Field.

Photo 9: Diane Lopez high fives her son Cam, who sat atop his father's shoulders during the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. Their team, Cam's Ninjas, raised $1,740.