Welcome to Hiking for a Cure. We are dedicated to helping bring awareness to diabetes and raising funds for the research and cure for this debilitating disease. Please get familiar with our cause and with me, Wes Alford and my hiking partners Gates Dixon, Tyler Alford, and Joey Alford as we take you on an amazing journey over 2650 miles of the roughest and unforgiving conditions the U.S. has to offer.
Please take your time as you click around our web site and learn about diabetes and our cause to help bring awareness and understanding, that because someone has Type1 diabetes or Type2 does not mean they can not achieve their highest goals. As we encourage and support all diabetic's we also are focused on helping JDRF in their efforts to help find a cure. Check out our donation options on the donate today tab above.
What’s in a name? A bit of “JDRF” history
JDRF has led the search for a cure for T1D since our founding in 1970. In those days, people commonly called the disease “juvenile diabetes” because it was frequently diagnosed in, and strongly associated with, young children. Our organization began as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Later, to emphasize exactly how we planned to end the disease, we added a word and became the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Today, we know an equal number of children and adults are diagnosed every day—approximately 110 people per day. Thanks to better therapies—which JDRF funding has been instrumental in developing and making available—people with T1D live longer and stay healthier while they await the cure. So a few years ago, we changed our name to JDRF:
*To remove the misconception that T1D is only a childhood disease
*To acknowledge that nearly 85 percent of people living with the disease are over age 18
*To reinforce our commitment to funding research that improves life for people at all ages and all stages of the disease.
Thank you for stopping by and we hope you will follow us on this epic journey along the Pacific Crest Trail.