Must Dash For A Cure

In eight short weeks, a group of local women worked together to bring to life San Elijo Hills resident Janet Gidner’s vision. Janet is a mother of two type 1 diabetic children and wanted to bring awareness of the disease to the public while helping researchers find a cure. She and her team accomplished this with the 1st Annual Must Dash For A Cure event in San Elijo Hills last month, a mustache-themed race and festival. The event drew in nearly 600 “dashers,” including over fifty type 1 family members from San Diego County. Over sixty volunteers worked day and night to make the event a tremendous success, arriving at the crack of dawn to get to work on the day of the event.
The day began with an opportunity to purchase Stache Swag, make buttons, and peruse the silent auction and raffle items. Then the race itself started with a recognition of the type 1 families present and a ceremonial ribbon cutting by the Gidner family. Music played as dashers smiled and laughed their way around the track. “One could not help but be overwhelmed by the support and love felt from each person there,” shared Jodi Gallen, a committee member from North County Deals. Participants ranged in age from middle school children to senior adults. Thanks to generous community sponsorships, all of the proceeds benefited the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Janet and Damon Gidner both teach in the San Marcos Unified School District. Their children – Addison, 8, and Nolan, 3 – both have type 1 diabetes. Follow their journey at