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10/5/02 - Tyler

Diabetics Get Support During Annual Walk

An estimated 17 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, that's why organizers of a diabetes walk in Tyler hoped to raise $50,000 during a special in Bergfeld Park Saturday. Instead they got $60,000. At least 400 people came out in the fight against Diabetes.

Each year the American Diabetes Association holds the walk-a-thon to raise funding and awareness One out of every 15 Smith County residents suffer from the disease, according to the Smith County Public Health District.

"If you look at the number of people here (at the walk). "There's maybe 400. In a random group of four hundred people, there would be probably be 30 or 40 people that have diabetes," said Nick Sciarrini with the Smith County Public Health District.

Proceeds raised from the walk-a-thon will go to pay for diabetes awareness programs and research.

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