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Walk Talk Team Spotlight: Sam’s Bionicle Brigade

September 8, 2011

Check out the below story spotlighting the Plano Family Walk Team, Sam’s Bionicle Brigade and their fundraising efforts!

Three years ago my family was introduced to the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes just 3 weeks before the Walk. Over the past 3 years we have tried many different approaches and have perfected a solid foundation in which to really grow our fundraising ability going forward.

The first year we raised over $3,000 in 3 weeks and our Walk Team grew to 38 walkers in that time by sending emails and making phone calls. Our family and my son Sam, who lives every day with type 1 diabetes, were amazed to see the support that our friends provided in such a short time.

Our second year, we continued to use emails and phone calls as well as letters, to grow our team to over 50 walkers and raise over $5,000.  It was during that Walk that a good friend suggested we host a golf tournament in order to raise money and use the Walk as a celebration of our efforts.

Earlier this year we hosted our 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament which sold out and was a huge success. In addition to a large majority of returning golfers, we also expanded our sponsor list. Using our Golf Tournament and the Walk we grew our team to over 60 walkers raising over $6,000 this past year. This year we stand to repeat our year in fundraising, but substantially grow our team in numbers. In order to communicate with our growing base of supporters we are utilizing social media and our web presence through our Sam’s Search website and our Walk Page.

Currently, we are working with our son’s school to organize a Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes as another means of raising more funds for our Walk Team and spreading awareness to students and parents. We are also working to put some final pieces together and are looking for a breakout year of fundraising next year in 2012.

–Chris Davis, Team Captain

 Thank you to Chris Davis for sharing his team’s story and for all of our Family Walk Teams who contribute their time, dollars and efforts to the Walk to Cure Diabetes!

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2011 Walk to Cure Diabetes

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Check-In Time: 7:30am
Walk Start Time: 9:00am

One Walk… Two Great Locations! Register TODAY by clicking below:

Victory Park at American Airlines Center in Dallas

Granite Park at 5800 Granite Parkway in Plano

Learn more about the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes or register TODAY on the JDRF Dallas Walk Website.


To learn more about the JDRF Dallas chapter, visit our JDRF Dallas website!

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