Every year, around 4,598 people in North Dakota are diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Many of us either have it or know someone who does.

Diabetes is a complex disease that affects people of all ages, cultures, and lifestyles, impacting the eyes, heart, kidneys, and nerves, and significantly increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Deb Bronson, a dedicated nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator at CHI St. Alexius Health in Williston, has seen firsthand how diabetes affects people. To make a difference, she started the Sugar Bust 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk. The third annual run will take place at Spring Lake Park on Saturday, June 15th. Funds raised ensure patients receive free dental exams, eye exams, and A1C tests.

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Additionally, money raised helps send kids to Camp Maverick, a camp where children with diabetes can learn independence under medical supervision. Funds will also go towards new Diabetes Support Groups in partnership with CHI St. Alexius Health and ConnectUs Therapy. Starting July 2, mini-groups for kids ages 11-13 will discuss challenges they face with diabetes.

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Following the Sugar Bust 5K, check out the Community Fair from 11 AM to 3 PM with local vendors & businesses, EMS & Fire department displays, free fire extinguisher checks, and the Jump-n-Fun inflatable bounce houses for the kids.

There’s also a food drive for local food banks—bring a non-perishable item and get an entry to win an inflatable paddle board donated by Dr. MJ McCoy.


According to Bronson, "North Dakota ranks 11th in the nation for diabetes cases, so if you have a family history, it's crucial to see your doctor. Early diagnosis and management can significantly reduce long-term complications."

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Event Details:

  • 3rd Annual Sugar Bust 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk
  • Pre-registration: Friday, June 14, from 5-8 PM at the McCauley Education Room in the hospital. Pick up t-shirts, packets, and swag bags.
  • Race Day: Arrive at Spring Lake Park by 8:45 AM to register or check in. The 5K run starts at 10 AM, followed by the 1-mile fun run at 10:45 AM. Registered participants enjoy a BBQ meal afterward, courtesy of Triangle Electric. This dog-friendly event even provides bandanas for your furry friends.
  • Registration Fees: $20 for adults, $10 for kids, $5 for pets, and free for children 4 and under. Day-of registration is $30, so pre-register to save money. Register online.
  • Extras: Door prizes, free face painting for kids, a DJ, and music.

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