|Anti-Burnout Blowout Will Benefit JDRF|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00|
An evening designed to give people a break from daily challenges that can burn them out will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
The Anti-Burnout Blowout to be held Friday, Sept. 13, from 6:30-9 p.m. at Tipp City United Methodist Church downtown was organized by city resident Jen Runyon, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 3. This is Runyon’s fourth year raising money for the JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes to be held in October at Island MetroPark, Dayton.
The Anti-Burnout Blowout will feature music of numerous types by A New Creation, a Christian rock band whose members include Bob Hussong, the church’s pastor of worship and student ministries; motivational speaker and former area resident Jackie Crane; and appetizers complete the carb count information.
Runyon said plans for the fundraiser started out in her head as an evening with the band playing.
“Then, it just kind of hit me. I think it was a God thing, that there are a lot of people going through a lot of things. Anybody can get burned out from anything,” Runyon said. “Diabetes burnout is very common because there is no escaping it, from the moment you are diagnosed. There are financial problems, other health problems, stress at work and home.”
The goal is for people to relax awhile and leave rejuvenated. “I am hoping a lot of people will come out and just leave kind of rejuvenated to keep up the fight, whatever it is they are trying to fight. I want them to feel support and cared for,” Runyon said.
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the church (weekday hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily) and at Miami Jacobs college in Troy (ask for Dorothy Martin). Tickets can be purchased online at www.antiburnoutblowout.ticketleap.com (this method includes a $1.40 service fee).
Runyon is a team captain for the area’s JDRF walk, recruiting walkers and raising as much money as possible. “In my 27 years of having diabetes, the technology (advances), it is so much easier to care for now than it used to be. The money raised from these walks is a big reason that it has come so far,” she said.
Runyon also started a support group for Type 1 diabetics around three years ago. The group, Type 1 Talk, meets the last Sunday every other month from 2-4 p.m. at Troy Hayner Cultural Center.
Runyon said she hopes the anti-burnout evening is enjoyed by people of all ages. Children are welcome.
“I really feel like there is a lot of people who could use an inspirational night out, take a break from life for awhile and get motivated,” she said.
- Type 1 Talk of Miami County on Facebook
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation information website, www.jdrf.org