It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week and we at the American Diabetes Association are celebrating our amazing volunteers—people who dedicate their passion, skills and time to our mission to Stop Diabetes®.
One way we recognize them is through our annual National Service Achievement Awards and National Stop Diabetes Awards. These 2013 winners demonstrate what volunteering for a great cause is all about!
What motivates YOU to volunteer to Stop Diabetes?
Docia Craft, Austin, Texas
As a physical education teacher and wellness program facilitator in the Pflugerville Independent School District (ISD), Docia has led the School Walk for Diabetes program at her school for the past seven years. In addition, she promotes Diabetes Awareness Week the first week of every November. During that time, her students learn about diabetes and prevention in the classroom and start every morning with a walk around the school’s track to promote exercise and health living.
Docia not only strives to get her students involved in healthy living and diabetes prevention, but also works with her coworkers and faculty from other campuses district-wide. In 2012 Pflugerville ISD sent out more than 2,000 “Are You at Risk?” flyers to the entire district with an invitation to join us at our local Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes—with Docia as captain of the district-wide team!
It has become her mission to make sure that Pflugerville does everything possible to keep their staff, students and families healthy.
Thank you for helping local kids Stop Diabetes, Docia!
Kermit Crawford, Deerfield, Ill .
Kermit Crawford has been an avid supporter of the Association and its Stop Diabetes movement, serving in various leadership positions at the local and national level.
Under Mr. Crawford’s leadership, the Association created its first Diversity & Inclusion strategy, providing a framework for creating a progressive, diverse and inclusive culture. He has also been the driving force behind Walgreens’ transformation from local supporter to one of the Association’s most valued corporate partners. Today, Walgreens is a national sponsor of CheckUp America and American Diabetes Association EXPO, as well as a national partner of Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. In 2012 alone, Walgreens point of sale promotions generated more than $3.9 million. Walgreens is also the single largest national Step Out team, raising $800,000 in 2012.
Having been with Walgreens for 30 years, Crawford is President of the Pharmacy, Health and Wellness Division, leading the advancement of community pharmacy to play a greater role in health care through integration and expanded services.
In 2013 he received the Association’s Addison B. Scoville Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, which recognizes achievement in the cause of diabetes and is bestowed annually to a member of the Board of Directors, or other volunteer, who has made an outstanding contribution to advancing the Association’s mission.
Thank you for your leadership, Mr. Crawford!
Michael McDermott, Denver, Colo.
Dr. Michael McDermott has dedicated not only his career to diabetes, but also his volunteer efforts. Mike has served as Colorado’s Community Leadership Board President since 2011, serves on the Volunteer Development and Recruitment Committee and also chairs the local Mission Delivery Committee.
Mike has been an advocate for the Association in the provider community, representing the organization at many conferences for healthcare professionals. Additionally, he worked with the Colorado Mission Delivery Committee to organize the first Endocrine Dinner, which reached 80 endocrinologists, and the first local Primary Care Conference focused on improving diabetes management in the primary care setting. Additionally, he serves as the face and voice of the Association in numerous media interviews.
Under Mike’s leadership, the Association has increased its visibility and access to the healthcare professional community as well as increased its mission outreach. Despite his busy patient schedule, he finds time to serve as a team captain for both Tour de Cure® and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and volunteers at numerous other Association programs.
Dr. McDermott, you are an inspiration!
Lawton Hatley, Charlotte, N.C.
Lawton is an excellent and compassionate counselor. When the Association’s Legal Advocates receive a request for assistance from someone in North Carolina, they know they can count on Lawton to enthusiastically agree to help in a time of crisis—whether they are parents who cannot get any diabetes care for their child in an elementary school or someone fired from his or her job because of diabetes discrimination.
From the first pro bono consultation, people know that Lawton will give them honest advice and help them out in any way he can. He has often been able to resolve situations before litigation is necessary, whether it be attending a school meeting to iron out the details of a child’s 504 Plan, or helping an employee with diabetes get the reasonable accommodations that he or she is entitled to in the workplace. Through this process, he naturally empowers people with diabetes.
Lawton, thank you for lending your expertise to help people with diabetes facing discrimination!
Steve is a huge catalyst in the success of the annual Kiss a Pig Gala and other Association activities in Northwest Arkansas.
As team lead for the local Abbott Nutrition office, of which he is Vice President, Steve secures an annual $35,000 presenting sponsorship for Kiss a Pig and encourages all of his team to volunteer at the committee level for Kiss a Pig or Tour de Cure. He has been instrumental in leveraging his relationships in the local Walmart vendor community to increase the event’s revenue significantly. Additionally, he serves as gala chair, making Northwest Arkansas’ Kiss a Pig what is now: the largest gala event in the state of Arkansas and the biggest gala in Association history.
On March 15, 2014, the Northwest Arkansas American Diabetes Association’s 12th Annual Kiss a Pig Gala raised a staggering $1.15 million to help Stop Diabetes!
Steve originally got involved with the Association as a Kiss a Pig candidate. He won top pig-kissing rights by raising $35,970 through an eight-week campaign in memory of his father, who passed away from diabetes complications.
Steve, thank you for dedicating your time and energy to our cause!
We’re grateful to these volunteers for helping us Stop Diabetes in their communities! Want to join them? Sign up at our online Volunteer Center.