SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

June 24, 2011 10:00 ET

American Diabetes Association Honors Outstanding Community Service

Volunteers Recognized Nationally for Their Commitment to Stop Diabetes®

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 24, 2011) - The American Diabetes Association honored several of its volunteers today for outstanding contributions in the fight to Stop Diabetes at the Association's Community Volunteer Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA. These volunteers made significant contributions to the Association's Stop Diabetes movement, and the movement's tenets to Share, Act, Learn and Give, on a national and local level.

SHARE Leadership Award - These volunteers demonstrated in their community a significant and ongoing ability to recruit, train, and motivate local volunteers by sharing their passion, time, commitment and enthusiasm in a leadership role on a committee, event or community leadership board.

  • Miriam Gonzalez, BS, RN, Long Island, NY
  • Robert McClellan, Irvine, CA
  • Ann H.M. Thomas, Lexington, KY

ACT Advocacy Award - These volunteers demonstrated in their community a significant and ongoing commitment to supporting Association activities to affect public policy to benefit people with diabetes or to protect the rights and livelihoods of those with diabetes.

  • Kira Fonteneau, Birmingham, AL
  • Scott Heinze, Seattle, WA
  • Daniel Lorber, MD, Flushing, NY

LEARN Outreach Award - These volunteers demonstrated in their community a significant and ongoing commitment to those affected by diabetes by organizing, conducting, and facilitating Association programs and activities that provide education, raise awareness, and deliver services.

  • Marc-Andre Carnier, MD, Denver, CO
  • Michelle Foster, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Mari Rathburn, Derry, NH

GIVE Financial Performance Award - These volunteers demonstrated in their community a significant and ongoing commitment to raising money for research and other mission-driven purposes, either by direct solicitation or by service in existing signature or strategic growth campaigns.

  • Janeen and Randy Galloway, Grand Prairie, TX
  • Michael LePage, Virginia Beach, VA
  • William Lia, Jr., Albany, NY

The American Diabetes Association is the largest voluntary health organization committed to the fight to Stop Diabetes. Each year the Association honors volunteers who have made a significant contribution to this fight at its Community Volunteer Leadership Conference and National Board Meeting. Immediately following this conference, the Association hosts its Scientific Sessions with more than 13,000 top scientists, physicians and other health care professionals from around the world to share cutting edge research, treatment recommendations and advances toward a cure for diabetes.

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes contributes to the deaths of more than 231,000 Americans each year. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is more than $174 billion; further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the United States could exceed $218 billion.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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