School Walk for Diabetes


School Walk for Diabetes is an educational school fundraising program that promotes healthy living, school spirit and community involvement.

School Walk for Diabetes educates students, families, staff and teachers about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Funds raised through School Walk helps to support the research, education and advocacy programs of the American Diabetes Association, and to support our mission to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people living with diabetes. The need for diabetes education is more important than ever as there are 29.1 million Americans with diabetes and 86 million have prediabetes.

Not only do students, staff and the community learn about diabetes prevention and management but your school also has the opportunity to earn Gopher gift cards for PE equipment!

You can register your school today by going to:

Or for more information contact:

Pamela Kendzierski, MM/HRM

Associate Manager of Development


Phone: 972-392-1181 ext. 6030


Together we can make a difference!

Keller School Walk Success!

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, Keller ISD had their annual School Walk for Diabetes.  The event had a huge turnout!  There were Employee Olympics, skills course, heath fair, and the walk for students and their families to participate in.  Also helping to drive fundraising was a silent auction and a raffle tickets.  The event so far in online donation has raised over $35,000!

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American Diabetes Association North Texas Announces J.D. Kennedy as Chairman for 2016

McKinney ISD Superintendent J.D. Kennedy (from left); Chaurcley Cook, MISD coordinator of secondary science; Jill Brooks of Raytheon; Elyse Hogan of Raytheon; Steve Fortenberry, MISD chief financial officer; and Nancy Cowlishaw, MISD partners in education specialist, participated in the Raytheon check presentation.

J.D. Kennedy

The American Diabetes Association North Texas has named J.D. Kennedy as chair of its community leadership board.  As chair, J.D. Kennedy will provide leadership and direction to North Texas to support annual ADA goals and objectives. Kennedy has been an active volunteer for the ADA’s North Texas Office since 2012. Kennedy is a retired McKinney ISD superintendent who first became involved with the ADA by spearheading a district-wide School Walk for Diabetes fundraiser.

“It’s become my mission to reduce the childhood obesity in this country,” Kennedy said in an interview this week. “We had been seeing more kids with symptoms for type 2 diabetes. It’s amazing to me that elementary and middle school kids would be developing those symptoms, not to mention type 1 diabetes and its effects on children.”

Kennedy has been an educator for the past 40 years, earning his doctorate in education after attending Baylor University as an undergraduate.

“I bleed green and gold,” he joked.

Kennedy moved to the Dallas area during the 80s and spent 17 years as a superintendent at various districts, including five years in McKinney.

He said his mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and passed away at age 82.

Speaking of his goals as chair, Kennedy said, “Personally there needs to be a focus on educating the public about the effects of diabetes. We need to work on corporate involvement in the DFW Metroplex as is has several national headquarters in the area.”

Kennedy lives with his wife in McKinney and is a grandfather of three.


What’s Going On at ADA North Texas in 2016? Check Our Calendar…

2016 ADA North Texas Event List:

Super Diabetes Sunday- March 20th

School Walk for Diabetes- Year-Round – Keller ISD Walk – April 2

*Live It Up! Tea – April 16th at Belo Mansion in Downtown Dallas 

*Stars of Texas – April 21st at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie 

Senior Signature Series– March 12th El Centro College Pleasant Grove Campus



Camp New Horizons North

June 13-17, 2016    |  8:30a – 3:30p  |  Swingin’ D Ranch – 3406 Dublin Rd., Parker, Texas

Camp New Horizons South

June 20-24, 2016  |  8:30a – 3:30p  | Southern Cross Ranch – 1800 W. Dowdy Ferry Rd., Dallas, Texas

Camp Aurora

June 27-July 1, 2016  |  8:00a – 4:00 p  |  YMCA Camp Carter – 6200 Sand Spring Rd., Ft. Worth, Texas


*Tour de Cure – June 25th at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth

Senior Signature Series – May 27th Jubilee Center

*Feria de Salud – September TBD

*Faith Based Community Breakfast (Pastors’ Breakfast)– August 20- Ruth Jackson Center- Grand Prairie

*Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes – November 5th at Quik Trip Park in Grand Prairie

National ID Day– November 13 th

*World Diabetes Day: Symposium, Luncheon, & Expo – November 14th at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie

Annual Meeting – December 7th; Brookhaven Country Club


*Major Event

View PDF of list here 2016 Events Calendar

New Diabetes Fighter Joins ADA North Texas

Last week we posted this picture on our Facebook:

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Yes a new diabetes hero has joined our forces to fight diabetes. His name is J.R. May he started June 15, 2015, as the manager for School Walk to Stop Diabetes.  For the past two years he was an elementary P.E. teacher and before that a special education aide. Welcome J.R.!

School Walk for Diabetes with Keller ISD and the ADA Success!

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Batman came to support Keller ISD and school walk this year. Than you for your support!

This year’s School Walk for Diabetes will be held:

Keller ISD Athletic Complex, 600 North Pate-Orr Rd Keller, TX

On Saturday, March 28th from 8am-11:30am

Nearly 100 Keller ISD students suffer from type 1 diabetes along with an undetermined number of children at risk for type 2. Approximately 29.1 Americans have diabetes and more than 5 million of them do not even know they have the disease. By participating in School Walk for Diabetes, students at Keller ISD actively learn life-long lessons about preventing diabetes and helping others who have the disease.

Funds raised from School Walk for Diabetes will help further the mission of the American Diabetes Association: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information about how your team or school can join the American Diabetes Association’s School Walk for Diabetes, call Debbie Gregor at 817-744-1420 or email

ADA media contact: Sandy Peters 972-392-1181 x 6030 or