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 Stop Diabetes Community Awards. These 2013 winners demonstrate what volunteering for a great cause is all about!
What motivates YOU to volunteer to Stop Diabetes?
Ed Kraus’ work on behalf of people with diabetes who face discrimination issues is well-known in Northern Illinois and recognized at the national level. Since 2007 he has led the Health and Disability Legal Clinic at Chicago-Kent College of Law, providing pro bono legal representation to individuals and groups who are denied access to medical treatment for diabetes and diabetes-related illnesses. The cases most frequently arise against insurance companies, the Social Security Administration, schools, employers, detention centers and prisons.
Ed’s work exemplifies the Association’s mission, helping to “improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.” Families and individuals attest to the positive impact his help has made on the way they are treated in school and work settings.
Ed, we appreciate your efforts to Stop Diabetes and discrimination!
Angelo Mazzone, President and CEO of Mazzone Management Group, has supported the Saratoga Springs Tour de Cure® since 2009. To see such dedication from a person as busy as Angelo is a testament to his character. As the owner of 13 prime dining restaurants, he always pays attention to details and handles everything with a high level of customer service.
Starting as Lunch Sponsor and now serving as Executive Committee Chair, Angelo has played an integral part in growing the event. His leadership, passion and drive are contagious. He helps the Tour de Cure planning team set goals and push the limits to achieve them. He is always willing to get others involved and ask people to go the extra mile to support the Red Riders, who are Tour de Cure cyclists who live with diabetes. In 2012 he started a cycling team of 37 that raised $8,000 for the Association; in 2013 they more than doubled it to $18,000.
This year, six of his restaurants will sell a sugar-free dessert, Citrus Carpaccio, with proceeds going toward the Saratoga Springs Tour de Cure! Learn more about this creative and tasty fundraiser.
Angelo, you are a true asset to your local Association office!
For two decades, Kathleen has been on a mission to educate people about diabetes and help those who are diagnosed. She has tirelessly led community outreach in Lexington, including patient seminars, healthcare symposiums, support groups, a speaker’s bureau and screening events.
A registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, Kathleen goes to extra measures to promote the value of Association-recognized education programs and to ensure her patients receive top care. Her work extends globally, as she participates in numerous national committees and has written multiple books for the Association.
After looking into the eyes of thousands of patients, her drive is unrivaled. She looks for innovative ideas to meet the needs of the growing diabetes epidemic. She encourages volunteerism and is actively involved in Kentucky’s Family Link, Project Power and Stop Diabetes @ Work committees. She shares her expertise with hospitals, churches and schools.
Her mission to help people learn about diabetes has been successful, but she’s not about to stop if she can reach another person!
Thank you for all you do, Kathleen!
Janet Gless is a champion in the movement to Stop Diabetes. Ever since her grandson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she promised him that she would support the cause until a cure was found. Since then, Janet has volunteered thousands of hours, personally donated thousands of dollars and flexed her connections in the community to raise thousands more for the Association. Her total contribution to the organization exceeds $630,000.
Janet is a highly influential businesswoman who has been instrumental in opening doors in Riverside’s business community for more than a decade. Currently, she is actively involved in the planning and execution of all of the Association’s special events in Riverside. She is co-chair of the Father of the Year Awards Dinner and has helped the Association increase its programmatic activities in Riverside.
Thank you for your efforts, Janet!
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.