Canadians Lace-Up and Walk in the 2014 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes

Canadians Lace-Up and Walk in the 2014 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes 
Thousands "Join the Community" in Support of Diabetes Research 
TORONTO, ON  -- (Marketwired) -- 06/06/14 --  On June 8, Canadians in
approximately 70 cities across the nation will "Join the Community"
as they take part in the 2014 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes and walk
toward a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). This year marks the largest
fundraising goal ever of reaching $8 million in total donations and
pledges. Since its Canadian inception in 1994, the TELUS Walk to Cure
Diabetes has raised over $100 million for diabetes research. 
"Canadian researchers are at the forefront of many outstanding
breakthroughs in T1D research. From the discovery of insulin, to
successful islet cell transplants, and technology moving us closer
than ever to delivering a fully automated artificial pancreas, we are
pushing closer and closer to a cure," said Dave Prowten, President
and CEO of JDRF. "Striking suddenly, T1D is a devastating diagnosis
for the whole family, which is why the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes is
so significant, as it provides an opportunity to unite the T1D
community across Canada." 
This year is particularly special as it marks the 20th Anniversary of
the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes. To celebrate, we are hosting the
second annual TELUS Walk Virtual Scavenger Hunt, where Walk
participants can participate in 20 days of photo sharing via Twitter.
Each day, JDRF Canada will post a topic for participants to
photograph and share on Twitter using the official Walk hashtag
Through its partnership with JDRF, TELUS continues to help generate
public awareness and raise funds to find a cure for T1D. Since 2000,
TELUS alone has contributed more than $7 million to JDRF to fund
scientific research. Almost 3,000 TELUS team members, family and
friends participated in the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes and raised
$550,000 in 2013. 
"As an organization, we are very proud to be part of a community that
is working hard to find a cure for type 1 diabetes," said Joe Natale,
TELUS President & CEO and National Co-Chair of the 2014 TELUS Walk to
Cure Diabetes. "We are inspired by the steady progress we see in
research, and we know that these advances are a direct result of the
commitment made by the many passionate Canadians who participate in
the TELUS Walk." 
A leader in using its technology and network to support healthcare,
TELUS will join forces with JDRF to promote research that evaluates
how to best leverage electronic health records to bring together
Canadians and their healthcare providers in an effort to better
manage their care. As part of this goal, TELUS is currently working
with the University of Alberta in a project that allows patients with
diabetes greater access to their health information through the use
of mobile Personal Health Records (PHR), and provides them with the
ability to communicate with their healthcare team from their
"At TELUS Health we know the most effective chronic disease
management programs are patient-centric. They encourage
self-management and are built on evidence-based outcomes. Our support
of the Walk underscores our continued leadership in utilizing our
technology to help patients living with T1D," said Paul Lepage,
President of TELUS Health and National Co-Chair of the 2014 TELUS
Walk to Cure Diabetes. "The annual TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes is
also an event close to my heart. As a father of children living with
T1D, I am proud that TELUS, my fellow team members, friends, family
and Canadians across the country choose to give where they live and
walk together to help get us one step closer to making type 1
diabetes a thing of the past." 
This year, more than 45,000 people across Canada and five other
countries will be part of the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes. People can
register individually, in teams of family and friends, or as
organizational teams. 
"On behalf of JDRF and the more than 300,000 Canadians living with
T1D, I would like to thank our sponsors -- TELUS, OneTouch, Sun Life
Financial and Sun-Rype -- for their dedication towards supporting
diabetes research to find a cure," said Prowten. "By walking,
pledging to fundraise, or donating, you will help support the
brightest researchers in Canada and around the world push vital
research forward -- and together, I know we can turn type one into
type none."  
To join the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes community, visit 
About T1D
T1D, the most severe form of diabetes, is a non-preventable
autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and
lasts a lifetime. More than 300,000 Canadians and their families
suffer from this disease and are faced with its devastating
Unlike type 2 diabetes, T1D cannot be prevented by diet, exercise or
medication. Living with the disease demands constant blood testing
and regulating. A person with T1D requires approximately 1,500
needles and 2,200 finger-pokes each year to test their blood
Join Us! 

--  Participate by walking in your community; register at
--  Pledge to fundraise by asking friends, family or co-workers to support
    you in joining the TELUS Walk community, because every dollar counts.
    Get started fundraising today and show your spirit on event day.
--  Donate to someone else's walk, or make a general donation to support the
    2014 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes at

About JDRF Canada
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D)
research. JDRF's goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D
from people's lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF
collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only
organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and
a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. As
the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently
sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries. For
more information, please visit 
TELUS (TSX: T) (NYSE: TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national
telecommunications company, with $11.5 billion of annual revenue and
13.3 million customer connections, including 7.8 million wireless
subscribers, 3.2 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million
Internet subscribers and 842,000 TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a
wide range of communications products and services, including
wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television,
entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $350 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 5.4
million hours of service to local communities since 2000. TELUS was
honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation
globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals,
becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious
international recognition. 
For more information about TELUS, please visit 
(1) Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Type 1 Fact Sheet. http:// April 2013. 
(2) Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Fundraising Guide, https:/
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For more information about the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes or to
arrange interviews and/or photo opportunities with a JDRF Ambassador,
JDRF spokespeople and/or TELUS spokespeople, please contact: 
Samantha Goldsilver
Chris Gerritsen
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