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AZ: Step Out to Fight Diabetes at MWU-Glendale on Saturday September 26

September 26, 2009

by Karen Mattox

  Midwestern University to Host September 26th

Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes

West Valley Location One of Only Two Twilight Walks in U.S.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA (September 20, 2009)¾ Join people from all walks of life at the West Valley Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes on Saturday, September 26 at Midwestern University (MWU). This fifth annual twilight event is hosted by MWU in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, with proceeds supporting the ADA’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Last year’s event at MWU raised more than $107,000 and attracted 991 participants, and organizers hope to surpass both these numbers this year.

 Registration begins at 4:30 PM, with a start time of 6:00 PM. Walkers may choose from one- or 2 1/2 mile loops through the friendly MWU Campus in north Glendale, located at 19555 North 59th Avenue, just south of the Loop 101.  The walking loops are lighted with luminaries, which walkers can purchase in honor of loved ones affected by diabetes. In addition, this event will feature “Red Strider” ambassadors – people with diabetes willing to be interviewed by the media - and a special Red Strider tent for all participants with diabetes. All walkers will be greeted with cheerleaders, goodie bags and a family-friendly celebration at the finish line.  

Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes is about changing the face of diabetes in the United States—by raising funds to help find a cure and walking a few miles to bring greater awareness to this devastating disease. For more information about the West Valley walk, go to, or call 623/572-3329.


 Midwestern University is a graduate degree-granting institution specializing in the health sciences with seven colleges and two campuses. The Illinois campus, located on a 105-acre site in Downers Grove, is home to 2,082 students and three colleges: the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chicago College of Pharmacy, and the College of Health Sciences.  The Arizona campus, located on a 144-acre site in Glendale, is home to 2,079 students and five colleges: the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Pharmacy-Glendale, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine, and the Arizona College of Optometry. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

 The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.



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For more information, please contact:
Karen Mattox