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

REPEAT -- Canadians Lace-Up and Walk in the 2014 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes 
JUNE 8, 2014 
REPEAT -- 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 - June 08, 2014) -  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 smartphone. 
"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 complications.(1) 
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 sugar.(2) 
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 $350 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 5.4 million hours of service to
local communities since 2000. TELUS was honoured to be named the most
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this
prestigious international recognition. 
For more information about TELUS, please visit 
(1) Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Type 1 Fact Sheet.
Accessed April 2013. 
(2) Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Fundraising Guide,$cms$/102/1411.pdf. Accessed
April 2013. 
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
INDUSTRY:  Telecom - Wireless/Mobile 
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