By Paula @ Holiday World
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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.

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

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

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

… and smile:

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

… and even shed a quiet tear.

2013 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

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

Will Koch in 2009

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!

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

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

2013 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

 

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