Lucas Harrell, Orbit and fans take part in diabetes event
Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell and a few thousand fans took a few hundred steps on Saturday to help him raise money for diabetes.
Harrell had a team taking part in Saturday's American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event, which was held at Minute Maid Park. Fans participated by walking as part of Harrell's team and supporting his fundraising efforts by donating online.
Harrell's father, Brad, was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago, and Lucas has been an advocate for diabetes research since.
"Two years ago, my dad got diagnosed [with diabetes], so it was one of those things to where I read up about it to see what it was about, because my dad had it, and I wanted to see if it was something I could possibly have," Harrell said.
Harrell's father was diagnosed during a routine check-up, and has been able to manage this condition.
"My dad, he worked out and lost 34 pounds, he's gotten it under control," Harrell said. "He has been eating better, he has been exercising. So, it is one of those things that has kind of been a blessing in disguise. It was a wake up call for him to eat a little better, and live a healthier life."
The pitcher, who said he had raised over $5,000 via Twitter as of Friday night, walked with Orbit, the team's new mascot, Astros front-office staff and fans.
Harrell tweeted throughout the event, saying there was a great turnout, and proved it with a picture of a finish line crowded with supporters, including Houston Rockets mascot Clutch:
And also retweeted a photo of Orbit dancing and entertaining the crowd: