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Seattle Laces Up To Beat the Bridge and Diabetes
Date:5/18/2008

Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes set for Sunday, May 18

SEATTLE, May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On Sunday, May 18, over 9,000 runners, walkers and all manner of fleet footed fundraisers in the fight against diabetes gathered at University of Washington's Husky Stadium to participate in the 26th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes event which benefits the Northwest chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Contributions from Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes are expected to exceed $1 million for diabetes research this year; raising more than $11 million since its inception in 1983.

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"Thanks to the ongoing support of companies like Nordstrom, family teams and individuals, we are able to help fund the best diabetes research worldwide," said Nadine Heichel, executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Northwest. "I look forward to the day when we find a cure that allows the individuals and families affected by diabetes to live without the restraints of this devastating disease."

This year's Beat the Bridge Youth Ambassador, Chloe Bacik looks forward to a cure for diabetes too. Eleven-year-old Chloe and her brother Leighton, 29, both live with type 1 diabetes.

"Looking at me, you would think I'm just a regular everyday kid," Chloe said. "But, I'm not. I have diabetes. For seven years, my family and I have struggled and strived, trying to manage my diabetes. Diabetes has been frustrating, scary, and downright annoying so I'm hoping for a cure real soon."

Approximately 1,000 Nordstrom employees and JDRF supporters volunteered over 5,000 hours this year for the Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes events. "We are proud of how committed our employees have been over the past 26 years to Nordstrom Beat th
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