Rebecca L. Morris has Type 1 diabetes, so when she and her husband, University of Massachusetts Amherst Head Football Coach Kevin P. Morris, were asked in 2009 to chair the North Central Connecticut/Western Massachusetts chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes, they immediately accepted the honor.
The Belchertown couple had been wanting to get involved in the cause; they wanted to help raise awareness and financial support for research.
This year's walk will be their third as chairpersons, the first since their only child, Ryan J., was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in December at age 10. "It is our mission as a family to do whatever we can to help raise awareness and funds to find a cure," Mrs. Morris said.
The 2011 North Central Connecticut/Western Massachusetts chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes will take place on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. at Six Flags New England.