Zitzman, Truman, Nike and Robertsville elementary students are going the distance Sept. 24 to help find a cure for diabetes by participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Kids Walk program.

JDRF volunteers visited all the elementary schools and educated students about diabetes and its affect on children.

The volunteers also discussed the importance of a healthy lifestyle which is a key to preventing Type 2 diabetes.

Participating students raised money for approximately three weeks by selling shoes, which are displayed throughout the school. Their efforts will be topped off with a walk Oct. 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. through the halls of Zitzman Elementary.

Everyone from the community is invited and encouraged to participate in the walk.

The JDRF Kids Walk Program is great fun for the students, organizers said. Students who raise $10 or more earn incentive prizes, while schools raising a total of $1,000 or more receive a banner to display.

JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. The organization was founded in 1970 by parents of children with diabetes and is the world’s largest charitable funder and advocate of Type 1 diabetes research, responsible for more than $1 billion in direct funding.

JDRF funds research with the greatest impact throughout the world, leading to results as soon as possible.

Those interested in participating in JDRF’s Kids Walk program should contact Keith Orris at Zitzman Elementary at 636-271-1440 or email korris@mvr3.k12.mo.us.

To sign up to walk online or donate, visit www.jdrf.org and click on the find your school box.