Winter Vinecki is our 13 year old IronKids Ambassador. She formed Team Winter, a non-profit for prostate cancer awareness, after losing her dad. She travels across American going into schools spreading the IronKids philosophy of getting kids to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. She introduces kids to the sport of triathlon and encourages kids to race not only for themselves but for a cause. Watch or visit Team Winter to learn more.
IronKids is proud to partner with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF), a nonprofit charity that provides children’s medical grants to cover medical expenses that are not covered or fully covered by commercial health insurance.
UHCCF is a nonprofit Section 501(c)(3) charity funded by contributions from UnitedHealth Group, UnitedHealthcare and its employees, as well as the generosity of individuals and corporations.
To learn more about UHCCF, visit www.uhccf.org
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has grown into the pre-eminent worldwide organization dedicated to wiping out juvenile diabetes, which affects as many as three million Americans and is diagnosed in nearly 100 people every day.
Type 1 diabetes tricks the body's immune system into attacking and destroying the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Insulin is needed to turn food into fuel. People with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin to stay alive. This means multiple daily injections, or an insulin pump, and testing their blood sugar by pricking their fingers six or more times a day.
Hy-Vee’s connection to juvenile diabetes dates back more than a decade before the company got its start. Paul Hyde, the 8-year-old son of co-founder Charles Hyde, died from the disease in 1921. It would be another nine years before his father and David Vredenberg launched the partnership that would become Hy-Vee, Inc.
According to a written history of the company, while Charles and his wife “had had time to prepare for it emotionally and did their best to deal with their grief … their grief was made more poignant the next year, when two Canadian scientists announced the discovery of insulin.”
Diabetes research has always been at the forefront of the company’s philanthropic efforts, which were ramped up in 1998, when Hy-Vee forged a partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Hy-Vee has since raised more than $10 million to help find a cure for juvenile (or Type 1) diabetes. Every store gets involved, from benefit auctions, carnivals and dinners to the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes and various competitive fundraisers throughout the year.
Diabetes is a lifelong disease and while the causes are not entirely understood, scientists believe that genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. There have been several promising research results in recent years, but scientists are still a long way from the finish line. The effort by Hy-Vee and other contributors must continue.
JDRF, which marked its 40th anniversary in 2010, has awarded more than $1.5 billion to diabetes research, with more than $107 million last year alone. More than 80 cents of every dollar goes directly to research and education.
Said Lee Ducat, founder of JDRF: "When you have children with an incurable disease, you have an insatiable appetite to do anything and everything you possibly can to help them ... I'm optimistic that a cure is going to be found and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation can go out of business."
That’s why Hy-Vee employees will continue to walk, bowl, host golf outings, sponsor basketball tournaments and participate in 100-mile bicycle rides. It’s why stores will sell paper sneakers, donate food, organize car shows and sponsor countless other events. It’s the reason for the Walk of Hope, a brick path outside the corporate office that carries the engraved names of JDRF donors and the people in whose name the contribution was made. And it’s the reason a portion of the Hy-Vee IronKids Midwest Series registration proceeds will be donated to JDRF.
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Listed below are the dates and locations for the 2013 Hy-Vee IronKids Triathlon Series!
DATES AND LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
» May 18, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Kansas City
» June 1, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Quincy
» July 20, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Ames
» June 8, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Peoria
» June 8, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Lawrence
» June 15, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Sioux Falls
» June 15, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Columbia
» June 22, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Rochester
» June 22, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Omaha
» July 13, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Waterloo
» July 13, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Des Moines
» July 20, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Manhattan
» July 27, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Cedar Rapids
» July 27, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Lincoln
» August 3, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Dubuque
» August 3, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Mankato
» August 10, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Quad Cities
» August 10, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Springfield
» August 17, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids Sioux City
» August 24, 2013 - Hy-vee IronKids Madison
» August 31, 2013 - Hy-Vee IronKids National Championship - Des Moines
Listed below are the dates and locations for the 2013 IronKids National Triathlon Series!
» April 20, 2013 - IronKids New Orleans
» May 18, 2013 - UnitedHealthcare IronKids Florida
» August 3, 2013 - IronKids Boulder
» September 15, 2013 - IronKids Alpharetta
Listed below are the dates and locations for the 2013 IronKids Running Series!
» March 29, 2013 - IronKids California Run
» April 6, 2013 - UnitedHealthcare IronKids Galveston Run
» May 3, 2013 - IronKids St. George Run
» June 7, 2013 - IronKids Boise Run
» June 20, 2013 - IronKids Coeur D'Alene Run presented by Regence
» June 22, 2013 - UnitedHealthcare IronKids Syracuse Run
» July 20, 2013 - UnitedHealthcare IronKids Lake Stevens Run
» July 27, 2013 - UnitedHealthcare IronKids Lake Placid Run
» August 3, 2013 - UnitedHealthcare IronKids Michigan
» August 24, 2013 - IronKids Louisville Run presented by Norton
» September 7, 2013 - UnitedHealthcare IronKids Las Vegas Run
» September 7, 2013 - UnitedHealthcare IronKids Wisconsin Run
» November 2, 2013 - UnitedHealthcare IronKids Panama City Run
» November 16, 2013 - UnitedHealthcare IronKids Arizona Run