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Funds help start new women’s program.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is proud to announce that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) recently awarded a grant of $50,000 to fund a new women’s program “Fabulous YOU!”  in Houston and North Texas.  Fabulous YOU!, a seven-month, interactive program is designed to address diabetes management for women living with diabetes or who are at-risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The program aims to educate and empower women to make their own health a priority, and celebrate their achievements.

“Our longstanding support of community partners like the American Diabetes Association is premised on our shared vision for a healthier, more active and more productive Texas. The health and wellbeing of Texas women impacts their families, places of work and communities. In lifting them up, we are all uplifted,”   said Catherine Oliveros, Director of Community Affairs at BCBSTX.  “Through our collaboration, we look forward to seeing measurable improvements in diabetes management and prevention.”

Our goal is to reach a minimum of 100 women at risk for or living with diabetes who will participate in this community-based diabetes prevention and self-management education program.  Through this is initiative, ADA anticipates a minimum of a .5 reduction in A1C results and 5% – 7% reduction in weight for at least 25% of participants, along with improved health/quality of life as evidenced by improved glucose control and self-report data.

Program participants will receive a fit bit to measure daily exercise and the app for nutrition, American Diabetes Association’s Total Diabetes Wellness Program guide, interactive educational sessions including cooking demonstrations, supermarket tours, fitness demonstrations, motivational talks and much more.  Upon completion of the program, the graduates will reveal the progress of their health journey at ADA’s annual Tea and Spring Festival in 2017.

Those interested in registering or more information, may contact Sherry D. Hill, Director at

North Texas Giving Day Success!


Thank you! With your help we were able to raise $95,537 at North Texas Giving Day this year, as well as receiving 95 gifts! Can you believe it? Talk about a huge success! Of course, this event wouldn’t be possible without our charitable donors and volunteers. Thank you all so much for your hard work and participation in this event. Here’s to next year!

Volunteer for the 2016 DFW Step Out Walk

On Saturday, November 5th, 2016, walkers and runners from all over North Texas and beyond will gather at Airhogs Stadium in Grand Prairie to participate in the 2016 DFW Step Out: Walk to STOP Diabetes. Step Out features a 5K Walk and timed 5K Run, activities for all ages, a Health and Fitness Expo, and breakfast!

We also need help on October 17th for the Divots for Diabetes Golf tournament in  Flower Mound, and in our office the week leading up to Step Out onNovember 5th.

This year we aim to raise $525,000 to support the American Diabetes Association’s research funding, community education programs and advocacy initiatives. We can’t do it without you!

You can find position information, job descriptions and register to volunteer at the Step Out volunteer website. To sign up please complete our online registration form. SIGN UP TODAY!

All volunteers will receive a 2016 Step Out volunteer t-shirt and the satisfaction that comes from volunteering and joining in the fight to STOP diabetes!

“Thank you Texas Health Resources for being our Health and Fitness Expo sponsor for the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes.

The Walk is on November 5th at the AirHogs Stadium (formally QuikTrip Park) in Grand Prairie.

This is a fun filled day to celebrate and honor Red Striders – walkers with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, the fundraising accomplishments of our teams and individuals, as well as an opportunity to promote awareness about the seriousness of diabetes in our local community.  We’ll have activities for the whole family as well as food and entertainment.

It’s not too late to register your team,  donate and or volunteer.”

Please Welcome Pamela Kendzierski!

The North Texas office is pleased to announce that Pamela Kendzierski has joined the American Diabetes Staff as an Associate Manager on the Development team.  Pam brings a lot of talent, enthusiasm and passion to our office and we are excited to have her on board.  Pam and her family have been involved with the American Diabetes Association for several years as volunteers and as participants and fundraisers for the Tour de Cure.  Her daughter Grace,  eight years old, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 16 months and is one of our Youth Ambassadors, and the namesake of their Tour de Cure team: Amazing Grace.  Pam’s primary responsibilities will be with the School Walk for Diabetes Program and assisting with our Step Out walk and Tour de Cure events.


Welcome aboard Pam!

Fight Back: A Father’s Story through Diagnosis and Recovery


“Fight back—don’t give up. Don’t accept your fate.” These are the words of my father, Robert Frazier, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2004. Since his initial diagnosis, he has become a healthier and happier father, brother, and husband, but his journey wasn’t without strife.

I began with interviewing my father to better understand his experiences and condition, but the more I listened, the more aware I became. My father’s story, though his own, was just like that of so many people living with diabetes—it is an aggressive disease that snuck up on an otherwise healthy person. Nobody ever thinks it could happen to them, until it does, and they’re left with the realization they’re mortal.

“I was terrified. I’d seen first-hand what diabetes could do. I had a girlfriend in college whose mother slowly lost pieces of herself due to the disease. First a foot, then a leg. Then another leg and finally her life.”

At the time I was too young to see the terror that had been struck in the heart of my father. Diabetes didn’t seem to be that big of a problem—after all, it seemed like a perfectly manageable disease. Yet here my father was, about to undertake the fight for his life. Now that I’m an adult, I too, have seen first hand what the disease can do; which is why the older I get, the more pride I have for my father and his courage. So few of us can admit we’re afraid, much less in the face of our own mortality, but even fewer of us face that fear head on—and fight it.


The first months of his journey were fraught with frustration and adjustment. There was a new focus on medication, diet and exercise in order to manage the diagnosis my father humorously called “his second job”. First there were medications to help manage his blood sugar, then what would become his best friend and worst enemy: the glucose meter.

“I was terrified of the lancet of the glucometer. I thought it would be like getting a shot in my finger. I had your mother take my hand to stick my finger with the lancet device. It didn’t hurt that badly at all, and I thought I was being too wimpy. It was no time before I could manage for myself.”

Yet results started to occur—my mother commented how his mood had improved, and how he seemed less tired. He was starting to feel better, to feel a little like his old self, but new and improved. The more improvement there was, the more time he was able to put between glucose readings. It’s during this leg of the journey my father rediscovered a passion once lost: cycling.

Cycling had been a passion for my father when he was a young man in the army. As I interviewed him he waxed on nostalgically about how much he enjoyed it, but that over the years he just didn’t have time for it anymore. Funny that an aggressive disease rekindled that passion with the single thought that, “If I can’t beat diabetes, I’ll out run it.”

Through cycling he was able to find others like him—people trying to live healthier lives, and raise money and awareness for diabetes research. The first race he attended was in 2012, called the Mesquite Rotary Bike Ride, and later that same year, the Tour de Cure. I remember being a young twenty something on break from college, and watching my father huff and puff over the finish line. His entire family was there, cheering him on, egging him to lap his diagnosis on that track, again and again.

Since his first ride, he’s gone on to participate in six cycling events a year across the country for both his health and to raise awareness. It’s been twelve years since my father was sat down and told he had an aggressive disease, and twelve years of championing over it.

The initial fear my father had has been replaced by hope. In his lifetime alone, diabetes has become a disease that can be fought, managed, and even lived with—perhaps even cured one day. We never know what the future will hold, and the progress that’s been made in my father’s life time alone is reason for hope. It’s for that reason alone that my father advocates fighting back and advises to hold on—life isn’t over until we say it’s over.

by: Astrid Frazier, ADA North Texas Intern


Join Us for a Social ExperiEvent Benefitting ADA North Texas

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the ADA will be the feature non-profit at Social ExperiEvent’s networking night in The Foundation Room at House of Blues from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It is not too late to sign up.  If you use the code ‘ADA’ you can still get a free ticket.  We are inviting all our friends, volunteers and sponsors. The event is free until Sept. 1st, so hurry and register here. You can check out Social ExperiEvent on Facebook. Can’t wait to see you there!
Grab your ticket!
Online After August 31st – $20
At the door – $30
Date: September 14th
Time: 5:30pm -9pm
Location: Foundation Room @ House of Blues

Divots for Diabetes Golf Tournament



  • 4 Person Scramble
  • Dinner, Awards, Chance Drawing and Auction Mulligans
  • Tax Deductible Donation
  • Golf Shirt for Players

WHEN: Monday, October 17th, 12pm Registration / 1:00pm Shotgun

WHERE: Bridlewood Golf Course, 4000 West Windsor Blvd., Flower Mound, Texas 75028