For the second straight year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota employees captured the Top Corporate Team Award for raising the most funds at the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Scheels Arena in Fargo.
We raised just more than $12,000.
More than 460 people, young and old, participated in the annual fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
We are proud to help raise funds to benefit research and the continuous effort to find the cure for this disease.
“The American Diabetes Association is so grateful and appreciative of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s tremendous efforts to Stop Diabetes,” said Stephanie Chimeziri, associate director for the North Dakota area of the ADA. “Their past two years of fundraising totals is nothing short of amazing and will make a huge impact toward preventing and curing diabetes and improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes.”
According to the ADA website, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States — 8.3 percent of the population — have diabetes. Alarmingly, 7 million of the 25.8 million people are undiagnosed. Another 79 million people have prediabetes.
We were also one of the corporate sponsors of the event. Because giving back to the communities that we serve is important, we seek to make the most of our corporate donations by targeting events and programs throughout the state that help to improve the health and wellness of North Dakotans.
Denise Pinkney is an editor/project leader in the Communications department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.