In 2012, we told you about a great Magnolia kid named Matty Campbell, who was raising funds to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. This year, Matty is back in a big way, as one of the ambassadors for the 32nd annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes- a fundraiser for JDRF — the largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
The May 18th event consists of an 8K run and wheelchair race, a 4-mile walk, a 1-mile fun run, and the Diaper Derby for toddlers. From the BTB website:
The event is called Beat the Bridge because the course travels over Seattle’s University Bridge, which is raised during the race. Participants try to cross the bridge before it is raised. Those who don’t beat the bridge must wait, with a live band and prizes to pass the time, for the bridge to come back down. After a few minutes, the bridge lowers and everyone can finish the race. Since the first Beat the Bridge race in 1983, Nordstrom has partnered with JDRF to raise funds to cure, better treat, and prevent T1D. Beat the Bridge is part of the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes program, which holds annual charitable walks in more than 200 locations in 13 countries. The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes has raised more than $1 billion for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.