BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - This weekend you can help fight juvenile diabetes. Experts say each year 40-thousand people in the United States are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. On Saturday, February 24 more than 22-thousand people are expected to walk to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

The 26th annual JDRF 'One Walk' event is from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Mall of America. International Curler and Minnesota native Alex Carlson, will be among the walkers. Carlson, who was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 5, appeared on KARE 11 News at 11 to talk about the importance of finding a cure.

This year’s JDRF “One Walk” is expected to raise more than $1.7 million dollars for Type 1 Diabetes research. The fundraising will also include a kid’s fun zone with music and dancing, a diabetes health and wellness vendor area, mascots and a celebration ceremony in the mall’s rotunda.

JDRF is one of the longest running annual walks that Mall of America hosts.