Minnesota Volunteer: Why I Want to Stop Diabetes

Interested in volunteering in the Minnesota area? Want to help Stop Diabetes? Check out this personal story from one of our Minnesota Community Leadership Board members & their experience volunteering for the American Diabetes Association.

“I volunteer to Stop Diabetes because my grandfather passed away from complications of diabetes at 60 years of age and my mother also has diabetes with diabetic complications.

I am a member of the Minnesota Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).  The mission of the ADA is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Attending the 2012 Gala

I enjoy helping to raise funds through the great events of the ADA.  The ADA Gala (May 4, 20130) is an event that not only raises funds but also recognizes people and organizations that have gone above and beyond in the quest to Stop Diabetes.  The Tour de Cure (June 1, 2013) is a great biking event and the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes (October 26, 2013) is another event that helps us fund the mission.
Each year I have had the opportunity to have lunch with the children with diabetes that attend diabetes camp, Camp Needlepoint, which is organized and funded by the ADA.  It is so rewarding to see these children enjoying the camping experience and through teachable moments learning to better manage their diabetes.

I keep in mind how important it is for all of us to join this fight for the well-being of our children and their children to come.  I feel it is my responsibility to volunteer and donate to the ADA to help Stop Diabetes.  I know my Grandfather would be proud to see the advances that have occurred over the past decades that help people with diabetes to better manage their disease.

Please join me and participate in the ADA events and programs, volunteer as it is so rewarding and donate to help us achieve the mission.”

Chuck Halstenson

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