Your Rights, One Voice: Kiara’s Story

Safer on Her School Bus

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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.

Read more at http://diabetesstopshere.org/2016/04/25/yrov-kiaras-story/

ADA Advocates and Team Tackle on Capitol Hill

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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.

 

American Diabetes Association North Texas Announces J.D. Kennedy as Chairman for 2016

McKinney ISD Superintendent J.D. Kennedy (from left); Chaurcley Cook, MISD coordinator of secondary science; Jill Brooks of Raytheon; Elyse Hogan of Raytheon; Steve Fortenberry, MISD chief financial officer; and Nancy Cowlishaw, MISD partners in education specialist, participated in the Raytheon check presentation.

J.D. Kennedy

The American Diabetes Association North Texas has named J.D. Kennedy as chair of its community leadership board.  As chair, J.D. Kennedy will provide leadership and direction to North Texas to support annual ADA goals and objectives. Kennedy has been an active volunteer for the ADA’s North Texas Office since 2012. Kennedy is a retired McKinney ISD superintendent who first became involved with the ADA by spearheading a district-wide School Walk for Diabetes fundraiser.

“It’s become my mission to reduce the childhood obesity in this country,” Kennedy said in an interview this week. “We had been seeing more kids with symptoms for type 2 diabetes. It’s amazing to me that elementary and middle school kids would be developing those symptoms, not to mention type 1 diabetes and its effects on children.”

Kennedy has been an educator for the past 40 years, earning his doctorate in education after attending Baylor University as an undergraduate.

“I bleed green and gold,” he joked.

Kennedy moved to the Dallas area during the 80s and spent 17 years as a superintendent at various districts, including five years in McKinney.

He said his mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and passed away at age 82.

Speaking of his goals as chair, Kennedy said, “Personally there needs to be a focus on educating the public about the effects of diabetes. We need to work on corporate involvement in the DFW Metroplex as is has several national headquarters in the area.”

Kennedy lives with his wife in McKinney and is a grandfather of three.

 

The American Diabetes Association Applauds Major Funding Increase for Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association applauds Congress and President Obama for enacting an omnibus spending bill that will boost funding for important diabetes research and prevention programs.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016 increased discretionary funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to $1.818 billion, an increase of over $68 million compared to FY2015. This robust funding will allow the institute to expand promising research toward improved treatments and move us closer to a cure for diabetes.

 

– See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/newsroom/press-releases/2015/omnibus-federal-funding-2016.html?loc=news_omnibus-bill_dec2015#sthash.J55Izs7I.dpuf

Major Funding Increase for Diabetes

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Major Funding Increase for Diabetes

Congress and President Obama enact an omnibus spending bill that will boost funding for important diabetes research and prevention programs.

The American Diabetes Association applauds Congress and President Obama for enacting an omnibus spending bill that will boost funding for important diabetes research and prevention programs.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016 increased discretionary funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to $1.818 billion, an increase of over $68 million compared to FY2015. This robust funding will allow the institute to expand promising research toward improved treatments and move us closer to a cure for diabetes.

The legislation also provided significantly increased funding of $170.129 million for the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The $30 million funding increase will help the agency better carry out its mission to reduce the preventable burden of diabetes. – See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/newsroom/press-releases/2015/omnibus-federal-funding-2016.html?loc=news_omnibus-bill_dec2015#sthash.gcW8OE0m.dpuf