Bill stopping in Lincoln on walk for diabetes cure
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[JUNE 3, 2005]
The Centers for Disease Control reports that
diabetes is becoming more common in the United States. From 1980
through 2003, the number of Americans with diabetes more than
doubled, from 5.8 million to 13.8 million. The disease strikes young
and old alike.
With the evolution of technology and a closer view into the
microscopic world of genes and microbes, scientists draw closer in
finding causes of the disease. When the causes are known, cures can
be developed. The important factor in this equation is funding. More
funding equals earlier cure.
A movie depicting the famous Cubbie
Ron Santo and his lifelong struggle with diabetes moved one man to
take action in the quest to find a cure. Bill Holden is a die-hard
Cubs fan who took up his journey of walking from Camp Verde, Ariz.,
to Chicago in order to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation after watching the documentary "This Old Cub."
Holden will be passing through Lincoln on Monday and Tuesday,
June 6 and 7. He will be staying the night with the Michael and
Virginia Blair family. On
Monday evening he will be available to the public at Einstein's
Louisiana CoffeeHouse at 8 p.m. to talk about his journey and his
Holden's stop here has been orchestrated by a local resident,
Jill Blair, who says:
"I am a die-hard Cubs fan, and I've been following Bill's story
since January. They talk about his progress a lot during the Cubs
games, especially on the radio broadcasts. Ron Santo, Bill's
inspiration for the walk, is a broadcaster for WGN radio. A few
weeks ago I visited Bill's Web pages at
and saw that he would be passing through Lincoln. I just sent an
e-mail and offered to help any way that I could. I am thrilled to be
involved in Bill's journey and looking forward to meeting him."
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"I am trying to get Bill as much attention as
possible as he passes through our small town, so that Lincoln is a
stop along his journey that he remembers!" Blair says.
If you can't make it to Einstein's, you can learn more at "Wild
Bill's Walk-the-Walk" on
Holden's goal is to raise $250,000 for
research. You make a contribution by mailing a check or money order
(made out to the JDRF) directly to:
Wild Bill's Walk
10061 Riverside Drive
P.O. Box 193
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
An invitation from Bill Holden:
On June 6
and 7, I will be passing through Lincoln! I'll be at
Einstein's Louisiana CoffeeHouse on Monday, June 6, at 8 p.m.
Come on out to hear about my journey and my goal of raising funds
Find out how to join me for a few miles, too!