Henderson Properties raises $7,661 for Type 1 Diabetes Research

Henderson Properties raises $7,661 for Type 1 Diabetes Research Henderson Properties raises $7,661 for Type 1 Diabetes Research

(PRBuzz.com) May 10, 2013 -- On Saturday, Henderson Properties, a full service real estate firm based in Charlotte, participated in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at Carowinds amusement park.

The team, named "Blake's Buddies", used the walk as an opportunity to contribute to Henderson Properties' fundraising for Type 1 diabetes research. At this point, the firm has raised $7,661.50.

Diagnoses of Type 1 Diabetes are steadily increasing by three percent every year. Currently, about five out of every 1,500 children are living with the life threatening disease, according to Dr. Mark Vanderwel, a pediatrics specialist in Charlotte.

"We haven't really seen a lot of the things that have pointed to why diabetes is a little more common now, even then it was two decades ago," said Vanderwel.

Blake's Buddies, comprised of Henderson Properties staff and family members and friends, hopes to accelerate the progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing T1D.

The team is named for Blake Henderson, a 17 year old high school football state champion, who has battled T1D since the age of seven. Blake's strength and his proactive attitude to address his condition is the inspiration behind the team's fundraising efforts.

The staff members from Henderson Properties who represented "Blake's Buddies" during the walk included: Amber Callan, Jeanie Colvin, Stella Jalon, Scott Negley, Heather Todd and Shelly and Phil Henderson. The team distinguished themselves from other teams by dressing in camouflage.

"It's good to know that we are a team, both at work and outside of work," said Shelly Henderson, of Henderson Properties. "We are already looking forward to raising more money during next year's walk and eventually reaching our goal of $15,000 collected in one year."

The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is held in locations throughout the world. Since 1992, the walk has raised more than $1 billion. It is the largest nongovernment fundraiser of T1D research. This year, 7000 walkers arrived at Carowinds on April 27th to participate.

For more information, visit http://www.hendersonproperties.com for more information on the event and to see other community events Henderson Properties is actively involved in.

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