Actor Dorian Gregory to Speak to House and Senate Members on Behalf of The American Diabetes Association

On Capitol Hill to Celebrate Issuance of Diabetes Awareness Stamp



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Diabetes Association

    WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The U.S.
 Postal Service and members of the House and Senate Caucuses on Diabetes will
 join representatives from the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile
 Diabetes Research Foundation International to celebrate the issuance of the
 Diabetes Awareness postage stamp on Capitol Hill tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24.
     The ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place at 10:30 a.m.
 at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
 Room #342, First and Constitution Avenues, NE.
     Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and John Breaux (D-LA), Co-Chairs of the
 Senate Diabetes Caucus, and Congressman George Nethercutt (R-WA) and
 Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Co-Chairs of the House Diabetes Caucus,
 will also participate in the ceremony.
     "Our hope is that this stamp will help support and encourage diabetes
 education so the warnings signs evident in both children and adults are no
 longer missed or mistaken for something else," said Deborah K. Willhite,
 Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations for the Postal
 Service, who will act as master of ceremonies for the event.  Joining Willhite
 will be guest speaker Benjamin Ocasio, Vice President of Diversity Development
 for the Postal Service. The Diabetes Awareness stamp was issued March 16 at a
 ceremony at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Mass.
     The American Diabetes Association is proud to have actor Dorian Gregory as
 their representative at this event.  Mr. Gregory has had type 1 diabetes since
 childhood. Mr. Gregory said, "I am excited to be on Capitol Hill to help raise
 awareness of diabetes and communicate to the members of Congress the need for
 increased funding for diabetes research and programs through the National
 Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 (CDC)."
     Diabetes is a chronic, genetically determined, debilitating disease
 affecting every organ system.  Insulin is not a cure, merely life support.
 The disease kills one American every three minutes.  There are two major types
 of diabetes: type 1 (juvenile) and type 2 (adult onset).  Anyone at any age
 can get diabetes.  Many people suffer life-threatening health problems because
 the warning signs are very often hard to detect or misdiagnosed.  There is no
 cure, but there is hope through research.
     Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart attack, stroke
 and kidney failure, and it accounts for more that $105 billion of annual U.S.
 health care costs.  One of every four Medicare dollars goes to pay for health
 care of people with diabetes.
     The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health
 organization supporting diabetes research information and advocacy. The
 Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives
 of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association supports
 local offices in every region of the country, providing services to more than
 800 communities. For additional information about diabetes, please call the
 American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES or 1-800-342-2383 or visit our
 website at http://www.diabetes.org .
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The U.S.
 Postal Service and members of the House and Senate Caucuses on Diabetes will
 join representatives from the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile
 Diabetes Research Foundation International to celebrate the issuance of the
 Diabetes Awareness postage stamp on Capitol Hill tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24.
     The ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place at 10:30 a.m.
 at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
 Room #342, First and Constitution Avenues, NE.
     Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and John Breaux (D-LA), Co-Chairs of the
 Senate Diabetes Caucus, and Congressman George Nethercutt (R-WA) and
 Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Co-Chairs of the House Diabetes Caucus,
 will also participate in the ceremony.
     "Our hope is that this stamp will help support and encourage diabetes
 education so the warnings signs evident in both children and adults are no
 longer missed or mistaken for something else," said Deborah K. Willhite,
 Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations for the Postal
 Service, who will act as master of ceremonies for the event.  Joining Willhite
 will be guest speaker Benjamin Ocasio, Vice President of Diversity Development
 for the Postal Service. The Diabetes Awareness stamp was issued March 16 at a
 ceremony at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Mass.
     The American Diabetes Association is proud to have actor Dorian Gregory as
 their representative at this event.  Mr. Gregory has had type 1 diabetes since
 childhood. Mr. Gregory said, "I am excited to be on Capitol Hill to help raise
 awareness of diabetes and communicate to the members of Congress the need for
 increased funding for diabetes research and programs through the National
 Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 (CDC)."
     Diabetes is a chronic, genetically determined, debilitating disease
 affecting every organ system.  Insulin is not a cure, merely life support.
 The disease kills one American every three minutes.  There are two major types
 of diabetes: type 1 (juvenile) and type 2 (adult onset).  Anyone at any age
 can get diabetes.  Many people suffer life-threatening health problems because
 the warning signs are very often hard to detect or misdiagnosed.  There is no
 cure, but there is hope through research.
     Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart attack, stroke
 and kidney failure, and it accounts for more that $105 billion of annual U.S.
 health care costs.  One of every four Medicare dollars goes to pay for health
 care of people with diabetes.
     The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health
 organization supporting diabetes research information and advocacy. The
 Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives
 of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association supports
 local offices in every region of the country, providing services to more than
 800 communities. For additional information about diabetes, please call the
 American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES or 1-800-342-2383 or visit our
 website at http://www.diabetes.org .
 
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