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Thursday, Nov 01 2012 03:49 PM

Diabetes walk Saturday, free shots for kids throughout the month

By The Bakersfield Californian

JDRF Central Valley is sharing the stories of children living with diabetes and walking to raise awareness during National Diabetes Awareness month.

The local JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes will pound the pavement at Yokuts Park Saturday morning, said Allison Perkins-Thomas, branch manager for JDRF Central Valley.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Participants can register online at www.walk.jdrf.org by searching California and selecting the Bakersfield walk. Walkers who raise at least $100 will receive a free T-shirt.

Perkins-Thomas said the walk will be a great opportunity for people to learn about diabetes and what JDRF does. Throughout the month, the Diabetes Diaries photo gallery will be on display at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital and the hospital will be lit blue, she added. People can also visit Motor City Lexus and Buick to test drive for a cure now through Thanksgiving, Perkins-Thomas said. Just say you would like to test drive for JDRF and the business will donate $25 to JDRF in your name.

San Joaquin Community Hospital will offer free childhood immunizations throughout November at mobile clinics at the following locations and times:

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sports Authority, 4821 Ming Ave.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, The Park at Riverwalk, 11298 Stockdale Highway

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Walgreens Pharmacy, 40 Chester Ave.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Canyon Hills Church at The Summit, 7100 Auburn St.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11, East Bakersfield United for Peace Group Health Fair, 1970 Virginia Ave.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12, Vallarta Supermarket/Dollar Tree, 2705 S. H St. at Wilson Road

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13, Walmart, 8400 Rosedale Highway

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14, Kern County Department of Human Services, 100 E. California Ave.

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15, Taft City School District, 820 6th St., Taft

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 19, San Joaquin Community Hospital, 2801 Chester Ave.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 20, Greenfield Family Resource Center, 5400 Monitor St.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 26, North of the River Sears Park parking lot, 444 Norris Road

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 27, Apple Market, 111 Central Valley Highway, Shafter

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov 28, Vallarta, 5951 Niles St. at Fairfax Road

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 29, Vallarta Supermarket, 600 Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin

A news release from the hospital said the free vaccines are available to children younger than 18 who meet one of the following criteria: no health insurance, under-insured, eligible for Medi-Cal and the Children Health Disability Program, American Indian or Native Alaskan. However the influenza vaccine is free to all children 6 to 18 years old.

Appointments are not needed but immunization cards are required, the news release said. Call 869-6740 for information.

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