A walk in the park for diabetes awareness

Ming Gorry seemed to enjoy the morning walk.

“It’s nice getting some fresh air, getting out of the house,” said Gorry, 66, who’d just finished the Valley Baptist Diabetes Education Walk at Pendleton Park in Harlingen.

The event Saturday attracted about 100 participants, said Matt Lynch, marketing manager for Valley Baptist Health System.

“With the prevalence of diabetes in the area, we are promoting diabetes education and awareness,” Lynch said.

Participants wore T-shirts with the words “Valley Baptist Diabetes Center Walk. They walked or ran on the paths throughout the park.

Everyone seemed to get the message.

“This is my fifth mile,” said Howaida Vasquez.

She’d already run four miles at another location. Why did she choose to do the fifth mile at the Pendleton Park event?

“I am a diabetic,” she said. “Whenever I run it lowers my sugar level. It’s a good cause. There should be more people. There are a lot in the Valley.”

And it’s not easy to manage.

“Being diabetic is expensive,” she said. “My insulin costs a lot.”

One walker brought along a little helper — a small brown dog named Max.

“It’s very positive for people to know more about diabetes,” she said.