The sixth annual “Holiday World Walk to Cure Diabetes” will be a homecoming of sorts, as Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returns to his hometown of Santa Claus to serve as the walk’s grand marshal. Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler

Cutler, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 21, will join in the walk’s opening ceremonies on Saturday, May 14, and will lead an anticipated 2,000 walkers through Holiday World Theme Park.

Cutler and the walkers will also honor the late Will Koch, who was Holiday World’s president until his diabetes-related death at age 48 last June, by presenting a special award to Koch’s family.

Over the past five years, the “Holiday World Walk to Cure Diabetes” has raised nearly $1.5 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through the donation of tickets to walkers who’ve raised funds for the organization. This year’s goal is to raise an additional $376,000 for JDRF. Visit the website for more information and to sign up for the walk.

The newly engaged Cutler will be accompanied by fiancée Kristin Cavallari throughout the day, which will also include an evening event at Santa’s Lodge to raise money for the Jay Cutler Foundation.

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Released: 26 April, 2011
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