A diabetic has provided the inspiration for two fund raisers to break the world hugging record in Canada.
In June, two Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) supporters in North America set a new world record for the longest hug in history, at 24 hours and 33 minutes, breaking the existing record by 32 minutes. Ron O’Neil and Theresa Kerr battled heavy winds, rain and a partially flooded site at Centennial Park in Barrie, Ontario to achieve the record and raise money for JDRF. Having smashed the existing record, they kicked off the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes.
Ron and Theresa were motivated to raise money and awareness for JDRF through an inspiring young lady named Jana who has struggled with type 1 diabetes since the age of four. Ron and Theresa said “the support of our many wonderful volunteers from JDRF and the support of our city gave us the incredible energy to set a new record and raise the funds that we wanted.”