WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's gymnastics team recently participated in the 12th Annual Central Virginia Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes at Byrd Park in Richmond on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Junior Stephanie Bevan helped lead and organize the Tribe¹s efforts, as the team raised more than $1,000 for the event.

JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research world-wide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease that strikes children suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications that may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.16 billion to diabetes research, including more than $137 million in FY2007. In FY2007, the Foundation funded 700 centers, grants and fellowships in 20 countries.