Category Archives: Volunteer Stories

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A Closer Look at a Diabetes Champion

Alexys Fleming

Today we are thrilled to showcase the incredible efforts of a Red Strider from the Chicago area: Alexys Fleming. If you don’t know Alexys by name, you may know her work as a makeup artist and social media sensation! Read on to find out what makes her a Champion to Stop Diabetes. Continue reading

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On My Own . . . and Letting Go

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Today, we hear from a mother-daughter team about what it’s like to head off to college with diabetes. Continue reading

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The Journey of a Beauty Queen . . . with Diabetes

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Four years ago, I decided to compete in my first beauty pageant. . . . I knew that one day, the spotlight would be on me and I could use this spotlight to talk about diabetes. Continue reading

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Jody Barton, Stop Diabetes Ambassador

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Today we’re getting to know one of the newest members of our Stop Diabetes Celebrity Cabinet, professional athlete Jody Barton. When Jody was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, her doctor told her that life as she knew it was over and she would no longer be able to enjoy the active lifestyle she loved. But she didn’t let that stop her! Continue reading

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Diabetes BFFs

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If I hadn’t been diagnosed with diabetes, I would have never met my best friend. She is always there for me and having a friend who also lives with diabetes is truly life-changing. Continue reading

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Bemi Wayland: North Carolina Camper, Youth Ambassador and Red Rider

Bemi and her father Derek, riding to Stop Diabetes!

If you asked the Wayland family why they ride in Tour de Cure®, they would say it is for their daughter or for their older sister, Bemi. Continue reading

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Lil Jon: Why He Fights to Stop Diabetes®

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This week is the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Appreciation Week (NVAW), a time when we at the American Diabetes Association (Association) acknowledge the distinguished volunteers who bring our mission to life all over the country. During NVAW 2014, we’d … Continue reading

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