Stepping out to cure diabetes

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Updated: 10/08/2012 9:30 am Published: 10/06/2012 10:33 pm

Hundreds stepped out on nothing more than hope Saturday morning for the "Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes.

The walk took place at the University of Tulsa. Diabetes affects millions across the country.

More than 600 people showed up at the event.

"It was almost sleeting at my house this morning and I debated about coming,” said Susan Davis.

The disease affects 26 million Americans.

"I'm out here walking in support of my husband. He passed away three years ago from diabetes," said Lori Doyle.

That prompted a lifestyle change for Doyle. Three years ago, she admits, she couldn't have walked a 5k.

Not anymore, everyday she watches what she eats, exercises. Now Doyle, a diabetic herself is down 50 pounds.

"Every single day, it's a battle with diabetes," said Annette Jones.

Jones is Type one diabetic. Doctors diagnosed her 26 years ago, during her pregnancy.

"We're stubborn. We think we're in control but we're not; the disease is," said Jones.

Jones has been coming to Step-Out walks for the last 14 years.

"To know all these people sincerely want a cure means everything,” said Doyle.

All of the participants are searching for a cure; they hope their donations will help. All of them are fighting a disease that doesn't discriminate.

"My mom has diabetes; I have one brother who is diabetic another brother who is pre-diabetic," said Doyle.

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