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San Francisco Dental School Students Walk the Golden Gate Bridge to Help Cure Type 1 Diabetes

November  01, 2010

Dental students from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and UCSF School of Dentistry joined forces on the morning of Oct. 24 to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge in support of type 1 diabetes research. More than 20 students from the two schools braved the chilly autumn weather to participate in the 2010 Walk to Cure Diabetes, an annual event hosted by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The dental student team raised more than $1,600 to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes, a condition affecting as many as three million people in the United States.

The dental students' walk was in cooperation with the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), and was organized by Armin Vahidnia, Class of 2012 and ASDA Northern California community outreach coordinator. Vahidnia works to create opportunities for students from the Dugoni School and UCSF to participate in community service events together. So far this year, he has coordinated two successful events.

"It was great to see both schools well represented at the Walk to Cure Diabetes," said Vahidnia. "This was a great chance for us to continue building relationships with our fellow San Francisco dental students, while supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It was fun to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge too."

Vahidnia has more collaborative community outreach events planned for the coming months. Students at both dental schools have commented that they're enthusiastic about the opportunity to meet new people while giving back to San Francisco.

ASDA is a national student-run organization whose mission is to protect and advance the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry. More than 87% of all dental students nationwide join the association. At the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 100% of DDS and IDS students are members of ASDA. For more information, visit http://www.asdanet.org.

To learn more about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, visit http://www.jdrf.org/.

Category Type: Special Events, Community Outreach

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