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American Diabetes Association Announces Three Year Collaboration With The Dignity Memorial(R) Network
Date:10/3/2007

nce of life planning across the life stages. "This process encourages each individual to take a more proactive role in planning his or her life," said Ms. Cain. "When it comes to the health crisis our country faces with diabetes, we need to do so much more to get in the hearts and minds of people who aren't taking the time to consider the health of themselves and their children and grandchildren as part of their life plan."

"The physical and emotional impact of diabetes on families, children and employees is why Dignity Memorial has decided to respond to this important health issue," said Tom Ryan, President and CEO, Dignity Memorial. "We are going to call upon our greatest resource -- the compassionate enthusiasm of our employees -- to lead the fight to defeat diabetes. Dignity Memorial will focus on funding research and advocacy, educating our communities and each other, acting upon what we learn and treasuring those we lose to this disease."

To that end, Dignity Memorial will form nationwide employee teams for participation in ADA's fund raising events throughout the year, including Step Out to Fight Diabetes (a one day walk in more than 200 cities nationwide in the Fall) and Tour de Cure (a series of bicycling events held in more than 80 cities nationwide in the Spring).

Dignity Memorial will also help ADA expand its memorial program, "Always & Forever," by honoring those who have passed away from diabetes. ADA will develop an online tribute page to allow families to celebrate the memories of loved ones.

Nearly 21 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, a disease characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin. Another 54 million Americans are estimated to be at high risk for developing this disease. Diabetes can lead to severely debilitating or fatal complications, such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, and amputations.
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