Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway announced this week that for the fifth year, JDRF’s One Walk will be held on the track. On Sunday, October 23, thousands will come out and walk and raise funds that will help JDRF find a cure. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.
Empire City Casino has hosted the annual charity event the last five years to raise awareness for a cause that hits close to home. Empire City Casino VP and COO Bob Galterio’s daughter Cara has been a type one diabetic since she was nine-years-old. Motivated to help the millions of families impacted by diabetes each year, Bob Galterio swooped into action to host the annual event. Type one diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables individuals to gather energy from food.
“It is so important to be working alongside JDRF on such an important goal – curing a disease in which 80 people are diagnosed with every day,” said Bob Galterio, VP and COO of Empire City Casino and the host of the JDRF Walk. “JDRF’s One Walk is a morning full of celebration, community and families gathering together to support their loved ones with type one diabetes.”
JDRF’s One Walk program raises nearly $90 million a year at more than 200 walk sites around the country. For more information on Empire City Casino, please visit www.empirecitycasino.com. To register for the JDRF walk, visit walk.jdrf.org/yonkers or call the JDRF office at 914-686-7700. Since the first walk held at Empire City Casino in 2012, JDRF One Walk has raised over $2 million dollars to help fight type one diabetes. Of that $2 million, over $250,000 has been raised collectively by the casino’s own 1,300+ employees.