Step Out Success!



Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 DFW Step Out! We applaud our top teams and individual fundraisers!

You can still make an impact. You can still help stop daibetes.

Fundraising remains open and you will have access to your online fundraising tools until December 9th.

Beginning the week of December 12th we will send out prize certificates via email to or those that have raised $250 or more.

Check out the FAQ page for event details!

We Step Out to do our part to Stop Diabetes® and take steps to improve our health! Participants are changing the future and making a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes. You can, too!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Health & Fitness Expo Gold Sponsor

THR 400

DFW Step Out Sponsors

Sams      McCarthy     Womack    Geico Lam Vascular    Covance    Naturally Slim Cigna    BAPS165        Methodist     HealthSouth   IBM Watson    Academy    Sanofi 115  Traci HerbertRPV      Liberty Mutual   Prime 175

National Premier/
Red Strider Sponsor

Novo Nordisk

National Sponsors



Promotional Sponsors



Davis Vision

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes 2016


Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes benefits the American Diabetes Association and is the signature one-day, fundraising and awareness walk taking place in 121 cities across the United States. Participants join the Stop Diabetes® movement by registering and recruiting co-workers, friends and family members to walk and raise money for our mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

The day of Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is a party 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.

Come join us and show support for our community on November 5th at November 5th, 2016 AirHogs Stadium (Formally QuikTrip Park) Grand Prairie, TX.


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.”

3rd Annual Divots for Diabetes

You know the old saying, “Your worst day on the golf course is way better than your best day at work!”


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October 17th, 2016

Bridlewood Country Club

4000 Windsor Dr. Flower Mound, TX 75028

1:00 PM Shotgun Start

Scramble Format

Dinner afterwards

Awards for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd

This is a unique opportunity for your company to be a part of the Stop Diabetes movement that affects so many individuals. Sponsorships are available and customizable.


Here’s why we need your help …

  • 30 million people Americans, struggle daily with this deadly disease
  • There are well over 800,000 people currently living with diabetes in North Texas
  • Without changes, 1 out of 3 children born today will develop this chronic disease


Spend a fun afternoon on the golf course and make a difference in the lives of those who have diabetes and educate others who hopefully will never be affected. Your contribution and involvement are greatly appreciated.


We look forward to your participation – if you have any questions please contact Rhonda Duchin at 972- 392-1181 x 6010 or

–Chuck Dowling, Divots for Diabetes Chair

A Personal Message – Why the ADA is Important

The following is a message posted to the Step Out to Stop Diabetes page of Felicia Cagle, a volunteer supporting the event. She has agreed to let us share her heartfelt and emotional story which reminds us all of why the mission of the ADA is so important to our friends and family.

I am walking in memory of my late husband Eric Shawn Cagle.

My husband, Eric Cagle died on August 18, 2014, just 12 days after his 38th birthday.

His death was very sudden and brought my life to a screeching halt. He died of complications from Type 2 diabetes. He was admitted to the hospital on June 25th, 2014. He had not been feeling well that entire week and he finally agreed to go to the hospital.  We learned that he woud need a partial amputation of his leg so that his life could be spared. Initially, Eric resisted, but he agreed to the surgery because he wanted to live.

The surgery was scheduled the next day, it was imperative to remove the source of infection that was causing his body to shut down. This surgery was supposed to save his life. In theory,  he was giving up a lot, but he would get to live.   He never woke up from that surgery, not fully, anyway. The last time I interacted with my husband was a quick kiss and I love you before the surgery. I never heard him speak again, I don’t even know if he knew that I was there every day waiting for him to respond.

There is a song by a band we both loved called Death Cab For Cutie, and the song is called “What Sarah Said”, he used to tear up when he would hear it. I listened to it days after his death and I finally got it. I never knew prior to this how fitting the song would be to that time in my life.  I never really got the answers I wanted as to why he was not waking up,  just various opinions. He seemed to be  improving consistently the whole time. The only thing I am sure of is that if he would have been propery educated and informed on how to manage his diabetes, I would not be writing this right now. 

Eric’s nickname was The Lion, and he was just that. He wore his heart on his sleeve and spoke his mind. He was a wonderful man who was extremely passionate about life. Eric and I met in the fall of 2008 we fell in love immediately and I moved to the DFW area to be with him in early 2009. He was my perfect person, the one I thought I would never find. We had a lovely destination wedding in New Orleans in the fall of 2010. In the brief time he was in my life he filled it with love, respect and teaching.  My husband was knowledgeable on many topics and he taught me well. He was a lover of the arts and he was a gifted poet. He loved a radio show called The Ticket and listened to it every day. He was a ride or die Rangers and Mav’s fan and he was a lover of all music but especially the Shoegazer genre. His favorite bands were Swervedriver, Ride, MBV.  He loved God, his family and his friends.  He hated injustice and taught me to be more open and kind.


Eric was, is and always will be the love of my life.

Eric and I were planning on starting a family in early 2015. We had discussed it many times in the previous years, but he wanted to bring children into a prepared and secure environment. He had this ridiculous face he would make when the idea of babies were brought up and he would say  “no babies”.  I know it made his mother a bit nervous when he said this, although she would giggle. We wanted to be in a good place in all aspects of our life before welcoming a child. Health was a top priority,  Eric and I have been overweight a large part of our lives and during our relationship.  We had lost weight together and gained it back together. We officially found out Eric was a Type 2 diabetic about three years ago and we worked on healing it holistically. However, we felt like we were on our own, with direction. We tried to put good habits in place, we ate plant based meals, we took supplements, we did cleanses.  The downside is that we also ate poorly and we lived a sedentary lifestyle. I wish we had been able to get some guidance and put it all together.

I am walking to bring awareness to a disease that kills many people unnecessarily.  I am riding to fight against a disease that robbed me of my happiness and left me a widow and childless, which is something I wanted more than anything.  I ride for all the other people out there that might be able to make changes by hearing about my husband’s story.

Please consider joining or making a donation. 

Thank You,

-Felicia Cagle

The DFW Step Out Award Goes to…


Mike Brin and Chris Hensley

The DFW Step Out Award goes to Walgreens for their 2015 support!

Chris is the “District Manager, Pharmacy and Retail Operations” with Walgreens.  Walgreens raised $43,000 for the ADA/Step Out in 2015.

“We at the American Diabetes Association of North Texas are so grateful and appreciate all that Walgreens continues to do to help us fulfill our mission. Congratulations to Chris and his entire team for their tremendous support of the DFW Step Out: Walk/Run to Stop Diabetes in 2015.” – Mike Brin