Fundraising walk/run planned
More than 21 million Americans have diabetes, a metabolic disorder in which the body proves resistant to insulin or stops developing a sufficient supply of it. As of 2010, Oklahoma's percentage of diabetes cases exceeded the national average. Help the American Diabetes Association end this growing health care crisis by participating in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Cancer on Saturday. The event features a group walk — walking is one of the best exercises for diabetes patients — and a 5k chip-timed cross country run. Organizers hope to raise $140,000. As of Thursday, participants had raised about $52,000, according to the event's website. More than 800 people had signed up for the walk or race. Participants are asked to solicit donations. Any amount will help. The event will be at the Orr Family Farm, 14400 S Western Ave. The farm is an Oklahoma heritage site focused on agriculture. Every family that raises money for diabetes research will receive free admission to the farm all day. For more information or to register, go to tinyurl.com/cedozb9. Registration on race day will begin at 9 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. The 5k race begins at 10 a.m. The walk is at 10:15 a.m.
Fundraising walk set in Bricktown
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma will hold its annual “Buddy Walk” on Saturday. The walk is the local organization's biggest fundraiser and is held in conjunction with similar events nationwide. About 4,000 Oklahomans are expected to participate.
Most of the money raised locally will remain in central Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma City walk will take place outside the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive. Activities begin at 9 a.m. These include “raffles, food, drinks, moon bounces, petting zoo (and) music,” according to the website. The walk begins at noon. Participants are asked to solicit donations. The event is free.
Run for fun scheduled
The Step Out event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Buddy Walk is at noon. Make it a full day of outdoor activities by participating in the Oklahoma Regatta Run, a certified 5k race in the Boathouse District near Lincoln Boulevard and SE 6. The run begins at 4 p.m. Saturday. Participants will race along the district's trails. The race begins and ends at the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. Age group medals will be awarded. Registration is $25 and includes a commemorative T-shirt. The race is part of the Oklahoma Regatta Festival, a four-day event that includes rowing, kayaking and dragon boat racing on the Oklahoma River. The festival features the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma Regatta, OGE Nightsprints, a VIP party and corporate racing. To register, go to www.OklahomaRegattaRun.org.
New device reads palms
Integris Health is bringing James Bond technology into everyday life. It is the first health care system to use a biometric palm scanner to identify patients and make patient registration go faster. PatientSecure “works by scanning the vein pattern of the patient's palm, which is considered 100 times more accurate than fingerprints,” according to an Integris news release.
“Every person has a unique vein pattern that does not change. The pattern is so precise that the system can even differentiate between identical twins.”
Using it for the first time takes less than a minute. Each use after that takes even less time.
The scanner “uses harmless near-infrared light, which is the same as the light of a TV remote control,” the release notes. “The advanced algorithm processes the patient's vein pattern to create an encrypted and protected digital file that that is linked to their unique medical record.”
The scanners already are in use at Integris Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon. All Integris hospitals in Oklahoma will be using them within four to six months.
COMPILED BY KEN RAYMOND, Staff Writer