March 10, 2011

American Diabetes Association North Texas Has Gone Social

We have recently launched our blog, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

Whether you want to ‘like‘ us on Facebook, ‘follow‘ us on Twitter, check out our blog, website or watch our videos on YouTube, it’s your choice! Pick your favorite way to stay in touch.

We will be providing updates on local and national events, volunteer opportunities, ways to donate, education on diabetes and much more. Please join us in the fight to find a cure for diabetes.
April 16, 2015

Register Your Company for National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day on May 6, 2015!


A recent Fortune article concluded with “too much sitting is the new smoking.”  We’ve always known that exercise is good for your health, but we didn’t know until recently that too much sitting is actually bad for your health! In fact, the American Diabetes Association recommends that everyone, including people with diabetes, limit the amount of time they spend sitting. Get up and get moving at least every 90 minutes.

For these reasons, we are  reaching out to invite companies in the DFW area to participate in the American Diabetes Association’s first ever “National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day.”   This mission engagement activity is designed to encourage people to move more throughout the day. The official day takes place annually on the first Wednesday in May – and our inaugural event will be on May 6, 2015.

On that day, participating companies and organizations nationwide, will celebrate Get Fit Don’t Sit Day by engaging their employees in fun, healthy activities that get people out of their chairs and moving more.

Access to e-turnkey materials enable you to engage your workforce in a day of fun movement that is right for the size and culture of your company. Suggested activities include, walking meetings, “lunch-ersise” activity, DIY desk exercises, internal competitions, etc.

What’s more, you can promote your participation in the day to your customers and other key influencers in your community and gain recognition as a company that cares about wellness.

Please go to to sign up to participate and get more information. Of course, should you have any questions please feel free to contact the ADA at 1-888-DIABETES.



April 15, 2015

American Diabetes Association Celebrates North Texas Volunteers


It is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 12-18, 2015. The American Diabetes Association of North Texas would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the volunteers who graciously have given their time, expertise, dedication and hard work to help us Stop Diabetes®.

Ryleigh Ashford age 10

Ryleigh Ashford age 10

“American Diabetes Association volunteers believe in our vision of a life free of diabetes,” said Leonor Marquez, chairman of the DFW Leadership Board. “National Volunteer Appreciation Week is a good time to highlight the impact that can be made when volunteers apply their professional skills and talents to their volunteer experience. I’d like to say thank you to all of our volunteers for everything they have given to us.”

Grace Kendzierski age 7 and Jim West

Grace Kendzierski age 7 and Jim West

Two of our youngest volunteers, Ryleigh Ashford, 10, pictured above, and Grace Kendzierski, 7, pictured above, are our Youth Ambassadors for ADA’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and Tour de Cure events respectively. They have given countless hours touring the area giving talks at their schools and to others about the effects diabetes has had on their lives.

Ryleigh was recently pictured on the newsletter cover of Cook Children’s Hospital. Cook Children’s sponsors our camp in Fort Worth and their nurses provide all the support at the camp. Grace is our Living Proof Ambassador Award Winner and is pictured with long-time volunteer, Jim West, 81. He was diagnosed with type 1 at age 11, when the ADA was just four years old.

Awards Night

In 2014, the ADA awarded Volunteer of the Year Awards to the following people for their contribution toward our mission:

2014 Volunteers of the Year and Award Winners:

Step Out: Tari Young and Darlena Murphy of Sam’s Club – Markets 27 and 30

Stars of Texas: Dawn Douglas

School Walk: Debbie Hooker and Cindy Parsons

Tour de Cure: Lynne Storey

African American Initiatives: Rev. Lumas Poydras

Camp Aurora: Kelli L Goree

Camp New Horizons North and South: OJ Abanishe

Hispanic Initiatives: Martha Camarillo

World Diabetes Day: Tom Zavasky

Communications: Domingo Rodriguez

Speakers Bureau: Janet Sigler

Advocacy: Joel Ballew

Senior Signature Series: Candace Thompson

2014 Outstanding Leadership Board Member: Kenny Talley

2014 Top Corporate Partner: Trinity Industries

WDD Corporate Partner Achievement Award – Lockheed Martin

Luskey Lifetime Achievement Award – Debbie Gregor

We also would like to thank our board members and all committee volunteers and chairs who make our events so successful!

Thank you everyone for all your hard work and let’s continue to Stop Diabetes!

April 15, 2015

Stars of Texas is Next Week

Stars of Texas scheduled to take place a week from today, would like to thanks its committee volunteers for making this event happen.

Stars of Texas Exec:

Dawn    Douglass

Crystal  Eng

Christopher Faulkner

Randy & Janeen Galloway

Jennifer & Chad Giddens

G.W.      Hail

Jennifer Lee

Michael Lopez

Leonor  Marquez

Greg      Marwitz

Nathan McClellan

Jana       McWilliams

Chuck    Meadows

Mary Blake & Chuck Meadows

Melissa & Rick   Murdock

Mary Margaret Myer

Amy & Jay Novacek

Bonnie  O’Brien

Belinda Oler

Roxann Pishnick

Vaune   Raskopf

Jim & Amy Severson

Elizabeth Sullivan-Govea

Bill Vaughan

Dr. Monte & Mandy White

Toni Wilcox

Gina & Russell Wood

Debbie Woodard

Angela  Young

Cathy & Bob Zollars


Stars of Texas Society

Liz           Abel

Jane       Alberico

Debra    Allbritton

Rhonda Bennett

Terri       Clark

Dawn    Douglass

Rhonda Duchin

Tammy Ellis

Cyd        Friedman

Susan    Hardy

Jackie    Hayslip

Zach       Kettler

Alex       Kumari

Cassie   Marin

Anne     McIntrye

Mary Margaret Miller

Melissa Murdock

Lauren  Pulido

Crissy & Jesse Sanchez

Betty     Shockley

Janet     Sigler

Venzula Tate

Lea Theus

Michael White

Wendy Windham

Garry Winters

Judy Winters

Diaena  Zamora

April 8, 2015

American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassadors to ‘Ride with Ryan’

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Roush Fenway Racing’s (RFR) Ryan Reed will have a special guest riding along with him during Friday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador Will Golden’s name is featured on a decal above the passenger-side door on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang.

Will, from Keller, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on February 15, 2011 at age eight.  However, just like Reed, 12-year-old Will has not let diabetes slow him down. He is a sports fanatic who especially loves playing basketball and soccer.

Will’s efforts to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes earned him the title of Kiwanis Junior Hero while living in Quincy, Mass. As one of four students diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at his former elementary school, Will participated in a walk to cure diabetes that has raised over $100,000. He also helped with the creation of a community service video that educates people on the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes.

Will lives by the motto, “Never give up, never give in.”

The ‘Riding with Ryan’ program kicks off this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway and will continue throughout the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.

“I’m honored to have Will riding along on the car this weekend as the first American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador of the season,” said Reed. “Will’s strong tie to his local community and efforts to raise awareness of the disease are inspiring to those of us that live with type 1 diabetes. Being able to recognize individuals like Will for their work in the diabetes community is one of my favorite parts of partnering with the American Diabetes Association and Lilly Diabetes on the Drive to Stop DiabetesSM program.”

April 8, 2015

La Buena Salud Es Vivir

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The American Diabetes Association along with FC Dallas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Novo Nordisk will attend the April 18th game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.

Buy tickets and come early to enjoy giveaways including the chance to win a signed FC Dallas soccer ball. Can’t wait to see you there!

April 8, 2015

How the Novaceks Help Find a Cure

On any given Sunday, Amy and Jay Novacek can be found caring for their cutting and show horses in southwest Fort Worth.

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The former Dallas Cowboy tight end and his wife are ardent about breeding and training them, but that’s not the only thing this couple is passionate about.

“What most people don’t know is that diabetes runs on both sides of our families,” Amy Novacek said in an interview this week. “That’s why when people asked if we could chair the Stars event we said yes. It truly represents us. And it’s a neat event especially with the horses.”

The “Stars event” Novacek is referring to is called Stars of Texas: Racing Against the Odds, a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association in North Texas that involves a night of dinner and horse racing with local celebrities at Lone Star Park. This event has raised over $5 million is the past 17 years. The money raised will go toward research in finding a cure for diabetes.

“Diabetes type 1 and type 2 affects so many more people than we realize,” Novacek said. “We love to get more personal stories out there. We want to put cases to faces so people know what people with diabetes are dealing with.”

Her uncle, who has had type 1 diabetes since he was a child, will be attending the event.

“It has really touched a place in his heart,” she said.

The Novaceks began chairing the event in 2013 along with Janeen and Randy Galloway, sports columnist for the Fort Worth Star Telegram, who had served as chairs for more than 10 years.

“Amy and Jay have both done so much for Stars of Texas,” said Roxann Pishnick, ADA director of Stars of Texas. “They have made sure to make it a smooth transition from the Galloways. They’ve brought in amazing new volunteers and celebrities to the event.”

The ADA will celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 12-18, 2015, by honoring its volunteers like the Novaceks and Galloways.

“We appreciated them taking on this huge challenge and all of its history,” Pishnick said.  “And we thank  the Galloways, who have handed over the reins but remain involved.

Stars of Texas: Racing Against the Odds will take place April 23, 2015 from 5-10 p.m. Those interested in purchasing tickets can call 1-888-DIABETES or visit

March 31, 2015

Tour de Cure Kickoff Event

DFW Tour de Cure had their kick off last Saturday March 28th at Richardson Bike Mart. Join the fun by joining Tour de Cure today!


March 31, 2015

Super Diabetes Sunday Success!

Super Diabetes Sunday was a success! Thank you to all who joined us!

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March 31, 2015

American Diabetes Association Divots for Diabetes 2015 Golf Classic

Join us Thursday, May 7th at Bridlewood Country Club for the ADA Divots for Diabetes Golf Tournament.

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Click here Divots For Diabetes Flyer  for more information.


Bridlewood Country Club – 4000 Windsor Dr. Flower Mound, TX 75028

“Every golf-course designer relishes the opportunity to start with a site as beautiful as Bridlewood,” says D.A. Weibring, 18-year PGA tour veteran and course designer. “The gentle, rolling hills and thick forests of hardwood come together to make an outstanding setting for a unique golf course.”

March 25, 2015

Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute

Please make plans to come to this event to support the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute…

Chef Cookoff on April 9th from 2-6PM at the Latino Cultural Center

For more information visit or call 214- 349-4786

Chef Cookoff



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