Families, Friends Backbone of Diabetes Research Walk
Boutelle, Tracy, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Tracy Boutelle Daily Herald Correspondent
Sean Morrisey's life could be changed by money raised Sunday at Naperville's Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes.
"We're here for me," the 6-year-old diabetic said, "so we can find a cure."
Morrisey's father, Ray, helped organize the 3.5-mile walk. About 5,000 walkers raised $1.5 million for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
"We're all fighting for a cure," Ray Morrisey said.
Walks also were held in Busse Woods near Schaumburg and Lincoln Park in Chicago. Organizers expect the overall effort to raise $4.5 million.
Friends and family of people with diabetes were the backbone of Sunday's walk. Many of them walked as "family teams."
Mark Miniat and 15 of his Benet Academy football teammates walked for his 12-year-old brother, Matt.
Michele Krunis rallied friends and family on behalf of her son, Michael, who was diagnosed with diabetes in July. Together, they raised $7,000.
"It breaks your heart," the Willow Springs resident said of when she learned her son was diabetic. About 35 people, wearing red "Michael's Milers" shirts, walked on her team.
The event's namesake, legendary Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, was unable to attend Sunday's walk because of complications from his diabetes. …