By Paula @ Holiday World

When the parade of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walkers comes through our front gate each year, it's an emotional time.

There are lots of excited smiles and delighted laughter.

And team shirts all the colors of the rainbow with messages to make you think:

… and smile:

… and even shed a quiet tear.

Victoria's godfather told me she passed away just a few years ago and her family walks in her memory each year.

This next photo is from our 2009 Walk. That's the late Will Koch on the right. A diabetic, Will started our annual Walk in 2006. Since then, we've helped raise more than $2.5 million for JDRF

This good looking bunch is Team Josh. "Who's Josh?" I asked. Ah, there's Josh in front, holding our brochure. What a great smile!

Today's event was made up of about 1,300 walkers, each determined to do exactly what it says on these ladies' shirts.


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  1. Cathy Grannan

    I would like to personally thank Holiday World and the Koch family for hosting this event. What a great tribute to a great man in your family and an amazing fund raiser for JDRF. My grandson is 9 and has diabetes. Thank you again for what you did for JDRF.
    I am praying for your family in this season of times you are experiencing. May it soon pass!