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Each summer we look for a team of volunteers to help staff our summer day camps for children affected by diabetes. These teams consist of counselors, camp nurses, arts and crafts helpers, sports and recreation coordinators, dietitians, special activities leaders, and much more! If you are interested in making our summer camps a fun and safe place for youth to meet friends, learn to manage diabetes and become great community leaders, then we need you! If the following time commitments do not work with your schedule please contact a Sherry Hill to see how you can still get involved.
Camp New Horizons North
June 13-17, 2016 | 8:30am – 3:30pm
Cross Creek Ranch
3406 Dublin Rd., Parker, Texas
Camp New Horizons South
June 20-24, 2016 | 8:30am – 3:30pm
Southern Cross Ranch
1800 W. Dowdy Ferry Rd., Dallas, Texas
June 27 – July 1, 2016 | 8:30am – 3:30pm
YMCA Camp Carter
6200 Sand Springs Rd., Ft. Worth, Texas
Albertson Tom Thumb’s Stars of Texas … Racing Against the Odds “Run for the Roses” in its 19th year was another huge success.
Over 950 People attended the event set to raise over $335k for Research, Advocacy and Education in North Texas.
Amy and Jay Novacek, as Honorary Chairs welcomed Football and Music Stars from the area.
Key Highlights were Cedric Thornton the new Cowboy Defensive Tackle who is a member of the American Diabetes Associations Team Tackle.
Safer on Her School Bus
Kerry Harrison of Bellingham, Washington, can rest a little easier now when her daughter rides the school bus. Kiara, who is 11 years old and has type 1 diabetes, recently faced an episode of low blood glucose while riding the bus. Although she keeps glucose tabs in her backpack, on that particular day, Kiara didn’t have enough available. The bus driver pulled over and a fellow student gave Kiara a juice box to help. Kerry took this as a warning sign—it might happen again, and she needed a plan to help her daughter in case it did.
But you can still take part. If you are not able to attend you can still bid on our silent auction. There are over 250 amazing items to bid on – jewelry, hotels, dining and much more. Be a part of the action. log on at www.qtego.net/qlink/stars16. You will be notified by text if you won any items. After the event we’ll contact you on how to get your items.
On April 7, advocates and Team Tackle football players met for breakfast and prepared for a busy Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. A Senate press conference served as the official kick-off of Team Tackle and raised awareness of diabetes on Capitol Hill. Kevin Hagan and President, Health Care & Education Dr. Maggie Powers delivered the Association’s 2016 Stop Diabetes petition—signed by more than 79,000 people asking Congress to stand up to diabetes by increasing funding for diabetes research and programs—to Senate Diabetes Caucus Co-Chairs Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan M. Collins (R-ME). The press conference shared the message that diabetes touches everyone in our country and featured stories from Team Tackle football players Dont’a Hightower (New England), Mike Golic (ESPN sports commentator and retired player) and Lorenzo Alexander (free agent), as well as Association advocates Gina Gavlak, Michelle Foster, member of the National Advocacy Committee, and Aiden Dine, an 11-year-old Diabetes Advocate who has type 1 to an audience of 22,000.diabetes. The Association, for the first time, live streamed the press conference on Facebook< http://bit.ly/1S93mg2
Advocates and Team Tackle members also braved the sometimes torrential rain to meet with members of Congress and their staff to discuss the importance of funding diabetes prevention, treatment and research. More than 140 visits occurred with Congressional offices across the Hill.
After the events on Capitol Hill, advocates and Team Tackle members participated in panel discussions at the launch of the Making Health Care Better Series at the White House. This event examined the current state of diabetes prevention, research and treatment efforts. Administration officials and other stakeholders discussed the progress that has been made by the Obama Administration in addressing the diabetes epidemic and what further work needs to be done. Robin Richardson, Gina Gavlak, Advocacy Committee member Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, and Team Tackle members Sam Acho (Chicago), Rashad Jennings (New York), and Aaron Murray (Kansas City) participated in a panel to discuss the impact of diabetes on their lives. Kevin Hagan participated in a panel discussing the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetes. Many of the panels can be viewed here http://bit.ly/1qXhq25
Thank you to the many advocates who traveled across the country to attend our event. Thanks also to everyone who signed the petition and asked friends and family to sign as well. Over the last six weeks we met our ambitious goal of 50,000 signatures, which we added to those we gathered last fall. In total we delivered a petition with our 79,000 signatures to Congress! This was a great event and we will use our momentum to move our mission forward. I attached two photos of the event below.
The 9th annual Texas Health Resources Live It Up! Health & Wellness Tea presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas was held at the Belo Mansion April 16, 2016, with over 425 people in attendance. Chaired by Errika Flood Moultrie and Gloria Fobbs, the faith-based initiatives of Live Empowered! raised over $30,000 with support from our sponsors: Medtronic, Hilltop Securities and Diabetes Health & Wellness Institute.
“Tea at Tiffany’s” – the theme this year – resonated throughout the venue with tiffany blue and tea accents.
“It was amazing to see ladies of all age groups out with much excitement,” said Lalonni DuBose Hagerman, marketing and social media co-chair. “Learning how diabetes affects our daily lives and managing through it was the most important message of the event.”
The Tea’s featured speaker, Dr. Jill Waggoner presented the “ABC’s of Diabetes,” a powerful and enlightening educational session from a physicians’ perspective, while guest singer Crystal Aikin rendered a phenomenal performance of popular gospel songs.
“The Tea is a great platform to address diabetes in a fun, festive environment, while still focusing on the seriousness of the disease and empowering participants to make a difference within their own families,” added Andrea Hayes, volunteer marketing and social media co-chair.
Highlights of the program were the Volunteer Awards, Style Show and “Hattitude” contest. Awards recipients were Errika Flood Moultrie for the James R. Gavin Excellence in Diabetes Award and Comille Ann Roberts for the Shelly Heath-Watson Excellence in Volunteerism Award. The style show bolstered an array of spring and summer fashions and featured three youth with type 1 diabetes from Camp New Horizons. Kathy Henderson was the grand prize winner of the coveted “Hattitude” contest, where ladies adorned their fashionable spring hats. Kathy will receive a complimentary table of ten for the 2017 Tea.
“Congratulations on another very successful event. The whole thing was superb,” said Amy Schornick, VP of Payor Relations, Texas Health Resources and former board member. “You know this is my favorite event of the year, and this year it didn’t disappoint. My girls had a wonderful time and were so grateful to be able to attend. Dr. Jill Waggoner, keynote speaker was outstanding and best we have had to date in presenting diabetes info in an engaging way. Keep up the great work!”
2015 Live It Up! Health & Wellness Tea
On behalf of TriNet and all of our colleagues who are participating in the TriNet TREK500m Fitness Challenge, we are proud to present a $1,000 check to the American Diabetes Association. TriNet colleagues across the nation are taking the time to run and walk millions of steps in in this fitness challenge on behalf of our colleagues, family members and friends who are fighting this disease, and it’s our sincere hope that together, we can help the American Diabetes Association achieve a world free of diabetes!