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November 14 is World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight.
The campaign features a new theme each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the themed campaigns last the whole year, the day itself is celebrated on November 14, to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea, which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. This year’s theme is Diabetes Education and Prevention.
TrialNet Sites Celebrate World Diabetes Day
Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle, Washington, is one of many TrialNet locations that celebrate World Diabetes Day. Last year, as part of the Puget Sound World Diabetes Day celebration, they lit the arches at the Pacific Science Center, which was built for the Seattle World's Fair in 1962. TrialNet Principal Investigator Carla Greenbaum emceed the event, interviewing a variety of patients with and at risk for diabetes.
This year, the TrialNet team at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, commemorated World Diabetes Day with the 10th Annual Vanderbilt Diabetes Family Day. This event brings together over 350 family members for a day of camaraderie and opportunities to share successes in living life well with diabetes. Diabetes risk screening is available to family members.
With the theme Live Like a Champion, this year’s event featured 12-year-old Luke Brown (pictured), star third baseman and pitcher for the USA Little League Baseball 2012 Championship team. Luke has lived with diabetes since age 4, and the Browns have been enthusiastic participants in TrialNet.
Also featured at the event were Sebastien Sasseville and Casey Boren, triathletes and extreme sportsmen from Team Type 1 (www.teamtype1.org). Sebastien was the first Canadian with diabetes to climb Mount Everest.