Area residents are invited to Altoona Area School District's intramural field, which is between the junior and senior high schools, as it holds a School Walk for Diabetes from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 5.
The event will feature family friendly activities, including relay races, hula hoop contest, jump rope contest, face painting and a balloon release.
There will also be a KidZone for children ages 3-8.
Tickets also will be available for a silent auction that will feature a variety of theme-filled baskets donated by area individuals and businesses.
Donations are being collected from now until the day of the walk. There is no minimum to participate, but walkers should preregister by calling 943-0665 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All donations collected will support the American Diabetes Association. School Walk for Diabetes is an educational school fundraising program that promotes community service, school spirit and healthy living to students.
Through this program, children learn lifelong lessons about diabetes and making healthy choices, such as eating good-for-you foods and exercising each day.
The Altoona Area School Walk for Diabetes is being organized by Melissa Daugherty of Altoona, whose daughter, Miranda, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in January, when she was 11 years old.
Miranda's Walking Warriors participated in the SchoolWalk for Diabetes at Foot of Ten Elementary in May.
Daugherty said the local walk was created in partnership with the ADA because diabetes affects so many people, including several from her family that she feels the word needs to be spread.
Best Buy is the walk's corporate sponsor. Each participant who raises $75 or more will be entered into a drawing for a Nintendo Wii, donated by Best Buy.
To participate in the walk, to donate to the walk or to receive additional information, call Daugherty at 943-0665 or e-mail her at email@example.com.