Yesterday's JDRF walk at Holiday World was a huge success.  The event raised over $350,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund!  And, Macy's Squad of Owensboro was there to lead the way on behalf of Macy Roberts, a young Highland Elementary School student who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a few years ago.


Photo by April Beyke Henry

This was 12th year in a row that Holiday World & Splashin' Safari hosted JDRF walk.

Holiday World donated tickets to JDRF for today’s event; those tickets were “earned” by individuals, families, and teams who raised donations for the Walk. Each participant in the walk was encouraged to raise a minimum of $100.

Holiday World's commitment to the event has been a productive one.  As you may or may not know, former Holiday World president Will Koch was diabetic and helped start the event back in 2006.   Since that time, the walk has generated $3.6 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.  That's astonishing.

And, this year, Macy's Squad from Owensboro was there on behalf of young Macy Roberts.  Roberts family friend and fellow walker April Beyke Henry, posted this to Facebook . . .

"Today we are walking for Macy's Squad at the JDRF One Walk. Briley and Macy {pictured together above) became friends in daycare and remain close friends today. We are hoping and praying the money raised will be used to find a cure for type 1 diabetes."

Well, with over $350,000 raised, we're banking on the fact that we're on the way to finding that cure!

According to JDRF's website, there are nearly 200 One Walk fundraisers nationally each year, with proceeds going to research to "turn Type One into Type None."