My friend and mentor, Charlie Rizzo, once stated to me that he had to do what he does. I have written before about his tireless efforts in the world of diabetes and since his daughter was diagnosed he has never once lost that fire to find a cure.
I thought of those words today. I am on the road, which I am a lot. The traveling is always hard on everyone in my house. I love what I do and the travel is part of it. When I was an actor and in New York working people used to say how wonderful it must be. I enjoyed that too but like anything, I knew that it was my job. I came to work and did my role and went home. I never thought of it as wonderful but always knew I was fortunate to be where I was in life.
It is the same with travel. It is a necessity with my job and because I know that it brings me to meet wonderful people who do great things, this too is a fortunate side despite all of the plane, trains, hotels and automobiles.
Today I am in Miami meeting with some of the folks from Walgreens. Walgreens is a great big company. They do not ‘HAVE TO’ do anything. Not just for the DRI, but the diabetes community as an entire entity is very fortunate to have a company who chooses to help out.
There are many, many charities out there and Walgreens is a good friend to not only the DRI, but the JDRF, ADA, and other diabetes organizations as well. We are all lucky that they ‘choose’ to help all of us. On April 20th of this year they will run their annual Walk with Walgreens to benefit the DRI. It is a huge event in both Port St. Lucie and at the Sun Life Stadium (home of the Miami Dolphins).
There is no ‘one day’ that we stop and say thank you to the so many people, companies, schools, and a whole list of others who have no ties to diabetes that do great things for us. They donate money, time, products, and other resources because someone got their attention and they chose to help out. Let us know some of the places you work with and have been very generous to your efforts?
Sure I know, it is part of the corporate world to give back and I know that much money is spent inside their stores and it makes for the ‘warm and fuzzy’ side of the corporate world to help. But remember that every entity you work with has ‘floor-to-ceiling-proposals’ from thousands of charities asking for help. For some reason they are involved with you because you asked them. It’s never wrong to say, every now and again, thank you for helping us. Remember, they don’t have to ‘this’, but because of our love for our kids, we do. Call them up or drop a line and just say, ‘thanks’.
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