A Walk To Cure And Come Together

By Kelly McCarthy

September 24, 2012 Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds of walkers hit the pavement to help friends and loved ones with diabetes today. Our Action News was there and tells us how coming together for a cause helps those with the disease.

Kasey Joined the Walk to Cure Diabetes months after she was diagnosed with Type 1.

A way to come to terms with a life-long disease that still has no cure.

"It was something to do. Not to frown upon my newly-diagnosed disease but to embrace it and take it one step at a time," said Kasey Prikazsky from Endicott.

"It's tough but walks like these are great because it brings a lot of people together and gives us hope that we won't always have to deal with it this way and go through all the struggle of it," said Jenn Koydar from Binghamton.

Finding out their bodies do not produce enough insulin changed their lives, and brings upon a whole new list of responsibilities diagnosed at any age.

"It's one big guessing game really. You need to remember to check your sugar, to make slight changes, all sorts of responsibilities," said Bailey Layish of Binghamton.

And learning a thing or two along the way.

"I've learned a lot about managing teams, leading people and I guess just learning how amazing my friends and family are because they are always here to support me," said Emily Miller of Vestal.

Teams show their pride with original T-shirts.

A way for walkers to show their support, and even win some prizes.

"They might not be dealing with all of the finger pricks and all the shots but they don't want us to deal with it. And that means a lot, it makes a huge difference," said Koydar.

Each person walking here has their own reason for participating, but they will stop walking until there is a cure.

"I walk because I am proud of who I am, where I've come and I have not let the disease affect my life," said Prikazsky

"This gives me all the hope in the world I think there's definitely going to be a cure in my lifetime," said Miller.

Hope for a cure, one step at a time.

Walkers participated in a 5K trail that began in Highland Park in Endwell.

Our own Cristina Frank was there to cross the finish line.