The 22nd annual Walk to Cure Diabetes is Saturday morning in Omaha.

Organizers expect more than 4,000 people to participate and hope to raise $775,000 toward research. Event coordinator Lori Bechtold said they are on track to meet that goal thanks to the community's support.

“We're on our way to finding a cure, and I think that appeals to people,” said Bechtold, who is also the executive director of the Heartland Chapter of JDRF.

JDRF is a national organization that works to treat, prevent and eventually cure Type 1 diabetes. The chapter that covers Omaha and Council Bluffs has raised more than $9 million since the walk started 22 years ago.

Roughly 3 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, is generally diagnosed in children, teens or young adults. It is not caused by obesity, and there is currently no cure.

The 2-mile walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Lewis and Clark Landing and winds through downtown Omaha. There is no charge to walk, but organizers do ask for donations to participate. The 5K portion of the event starts at 7:30 a.m. and costs $35.

Online registration is closed, but people can register the day of the event, starting at 8 a.m. Call the local JDRF office at 402.397.2873 to sign up Thursday or Friday.

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