AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – A walk supporting a nonprofit at tool place at Six Flags New England Sunday.

This nearly 2 mile walk around Six Flags helped raise awareness and funds for the local Greater Connecticut/Western Massachusetts Chapter of JDRF, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with Type 1 Diabetes.

22News meteorologist Adam Stzrempko was the emcee for the event where over 1,000 participants and volunteers came out to support the funding for type 1 diabetes research.

The walk kicked off at 10:30 am with activities, dancing, and food beforehand.

This is the first time back in person for the walk since 2019 and being back in person supporting people who are immunocompromised is a big deal to those involved.

“And honestly it’s a big deal that I’m here because my grandma has been struggling with diabetes since she was around 12, and being here being able to fight for something she’s been struggling with every day of her life means the world to me,” said UConn student Emma Hursey.

Each year, thousands participate in the walk. And with around 150 JDRF walks across the country, there’s always an oppurtunity to get involved or just donate to help fund vital research.

And these thousands of walkers aren’t just there in support. They have raised well over $100,000.

For some families, this money means the world to them. A cure is in sight, and financial support might mean a positive future ahead after years of waiting,

Carolyn Maloney, a mother with a son with type 1 diabetes, told 22News, “When he was diagnosed they told us they’d have a cure in around 5 years, and its been 11. So we just really want a cure for him. We raised more money this year than any other year and we’re just really really grateful.”

22News was a proud sponsor of the JDRF walk.