Yolanda Holder's 2015 Extreme Walk 4 Diabetes, Gold Coast Challenge​

Despite losing my father to diabetes years ago, it was losing my mother in 2012 to the same illness that anchored the unstoppable “Walking Diva”. I was plagued with the realization that diabetes was hereditary for my family. My mind was crowded with questions of purpose. How are my current actions and accolades helping the community and making a difference in people’s lives? When I die what will they say about me? In that moment Extreme Walk 4 Diabetes was born.

In honor of my parents I embarked on an amazing journey across California, starting in Corona and finishing at the American Diabetes Association Oakland office in August, 2013. The following year I raised the bar and traveled through the lowest, hottest and driest area in North America, Death Valley, during my 2014 Death Challenge in which I walked from Corona, CA to Las Vegas, NV. This year I will be walking 550 miles/ 15 days starting in Laguna Beach CA, and ending at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA.

The 2015 Extreme Walk 4 Diabetes “Gold Coast” Challenges mission is to raise money for diabetes research and to provide support to our community by fostering education, self-reliance, confidence, and an active lifestyle in the successful management and prevention of diabetes.


Yolanda & her mother Annette

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Yolanda's father Jimmy