|Organization hosts its first Power Walk for Diabetes
Ravenna, Ohio, Nov. 4, 2009 –The Brimfield Lions Club hosted its first Power Walk for Diabetes this summer as a fundraiser for TownHall II and the Robinson Memorial Hospital Diabetes Care and Education Center. Approximately 300 walkers participated and raised $6,500 for diabetes education and treatment in Portage County.
“It is important that individuals with diabetes stay on top of their medical care,” said Diabetes Nurse Specialist Ed Eichler, RN, CNS, CDE, of the Diabetes Care & Education Center. “These funds will allow us to reach more patients and work with their regular providers to help them live longer, better lives with diabetes.”
The Diabetes Care & Education Center in Kent provides patients with information on healthy eating, using diabetes medication and monitoring blood glucose at home. Each patient is assisted with goals for diet, weight and exercise, and the center provides frequent evaluations of the patient’s progress. The funds from the Brimfield Lions will be administered by the Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation Maxine Lyman Fund, which supports diabetes care and education.
Lions Clubs International supports local and large-scale efforts to control diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of vision loss in adults of working age in industrialized countries. The American Diabetes Association estimates that there are 23.6 million people in the United States, or 8 percent of the population, who have diabetes.
The Townhall II Medical Clinic in Kent provides general medical services to uninsured adult residents of Portage County.
"These funds will further our endeavors in the treatment of diabetes for uninsured patients,” said Cathy Smathers, clinic manager at Townhall II. “Most frequently, we provide glucose testing supplies until patients are able to access other programs to obtain free diabetic supplies."
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin and frequently leads to other major health complications including kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and blindness. People with diabetes can reduce their risk for complications if they learn about the disease and practice the skills necessary to better control their glucose and blood pressure.
For more information on the programs in this article, please call the Robinson Memorial Hospital Diabetes Care & Education Center at (330) 677-1552 or Townhall II at (330) 678-3006.