On Sept. 21, nearly 100 members of the Mini-Circuits team hit the pavement in New York City’s Seaport District for the 2019 Step Out: New York City Walk to Stop Diabetes. Hosted by the American Diabetes Association, this year’s event raised over $220,000 for diabetes research, advocacy and education. The company has actively supported Step Out for more than 25 years, and the number of participating members has grown from the four original walkers in 1993 to the 100 that came out in 2019.
This year’s event was especially memorable for the Mini-Circuits family, and for one member in particular. Import/Export Logistics and Trade Compliance Coordinator, Colleen Donahue is diabetic and also living with spinal stenosis. For Colleen’s friends, co-workers and even endocrinologist, the idea of her walking 3.1 miles through the concrete jungle of Manhattan gave them pause. But for Colleen, it was something she felt driven to do, and not just for herself.
“At first, I didn’t think anything of it,” Colleen said. “But as time went on, I thought ‘I should do this because there are a lot of diabetics who can’t.’ I wanted to do this for them.”
Colleen crossed the finish line to resounding cheers from the crowd, with her teammates from Mini-Circuits front and center.
“I’m truly touched that the company as a whole supports this cause,” she said. “I was surprised by how many people from Mini-Circuits were there. It was just an overall good feeling to know that people are serious about it.”
Colleen’s determination in this achievement is an inspiring example of the spirit of community involvement that characterizes Mini-Circuits’ corporate values. The company congratulates Colleen and all the Mini-Circuits team members and all volunteers who came out to show their support for this important cause. We hope to see even more walkers donning the Mini-Circuits logo next year!