Walking to end Type 1 Diabetes

By Jillian Marshall

September 22, 2013 Updated Sep 23, 2013 at 12:47 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds bundled up to take steps to help find a cure for an autoimmune disease that affects 3 million people in the United States.

The 10th annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes drew a large crowd at Highland Park on Sunday.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation raises money for research to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

"There's nothing that anyone does to get the disease," said Executive Director of JDRF, Lucienne Cole-Dargin. "They're not going to outgrow it, it's not because they ate too much sugar or candy or whatever. It's an autoimmune disease where the pancreas stops producing insulin."

Dozens of teams decorated shirts to represent the person for whom they are walking.

Cole-Dargin says the walk is empowering for those fighting the disease.

She hopes to raise $75,000 just from Sunday's walk.

In the past 10 years, this walk has raised more than $800,000 for research to help find a cure.

BAE Systems has been the corporate sponsor since 1993.