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Darlene Cain Receives American Diabetes Association's Distinguished Service Award
Date:11/19/2007

-- Darlene La Rose Cain Presented with Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service --

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes Association (ADA), the nation's leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced today that Darlene La Rose Cain, of Portland, Oregon, received the Association's prestigious Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service at the organization's Community Volunteer Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting on November 17, in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service is awarded to the Chair of the Board of the American Diabetes Association upon leaving office. Named for Dr. Best, the co-discoverer of insulin, this award recognizes service on behalf of the Association and Americans with diabetes.

"On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, we are delighted to present this prestigious award to Darlene," commented John Buse, MD, Ph.D., President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. "Her contributions to the diabetes community and dedication to diabetes awareness directly support ADA's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people living with diabetes."

Cain has been a dedicated and passionate advocate of ADA's mission and an active leader within the Association for 20 years. Having witnessed the battle that follows a diabetes diagnosis time and time again within her extended family, she holds a deep and personal connection to the work of the Association.

Prior to her appointment to Chair of the Board in November 2006, Cain served on numerous national committees, including the Board of Directors, Fund Raising, Programs, Strategic Planning Steering, Marketing & Communications, Community & Volunteer Development, as well as the Committee on Councils and Committees. She has also served as a Vice Chair of ADA's Research Foundation.

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