Independence -- More than 350 area residents will come together to be part of the Stop Diabetes° movement at the Akron Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, the one-day signature fundraising walk benefiting the American Diabetes Association, Sept. 18 at the University of Akron Stile Athletic Field House. Every dollar raised through Step Out plays an important role in supporting the Association's mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

"Diabetes is a devastating disease that touches us all," said John Hardesty, Akron Step Out Executive Committee member and Team Captain of Gina's Angels. "Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is such a wonderful event for friends and co-workers to come together and help change the future of all those living with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes. The camaraderie and spirit that is enjoyed by participating in this event is priceless."

Today, there are nearly 30 million Americans -- including over 80,000 in Summit and Stark counties -- who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are unaware that they have the disease. If current trends continue, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes provides an opportunity for employees, friends and family to come together for a fun, healthy activity. Akron Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is sponsored locally by Signet Jewelers and Circle K. To register, volunteer or find out more information, please visit or call 1-888-DIABETES. Together we can stop diabetes. One step at a time.

For more information call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.