When people help us, it should never be forgotten.
I have often read comments from people in the diabetes community about how they wish people, celebrities, would do more to help. The truth of the matter is that there are quite a few.
Of course we always believe that our diabetes concerns should be front and center but it is a big world out there and only limited space for so many causes. Let’s take a look at just some, and a BIG ONLY some, of the celebrities and how they have helped in various causes. Without question, the leading celebrity voice for diabetes causes is Mary Tyler Moore.
(In all of the examples below, click the picture to see the short video.)
Ms. Moore’s efforts on behalf of the JDRF span the decades but she was not alone in assisting diabetes causes and there have been many. Ever see this one with Sandra Oh, Nicole Johnson, and Brett Michaels to name a few.
Are there any Ray Romano Fans out there?
And for you boxing fans; Sugar Ray Leonard.
He not only did this PSA for the DRI (actual website is www.DiabetesResearch.org) but also did them for JDRF.
And music sensation, Nick Jonas, did much work for many organizations, here is his PSA spot for the American Diabetes Association along with Jay Cutler’s spot as well.
Many celebrities from sports and entertainment attend events on our behalf, testify before congress, lend their names and their time to attend events, donate money (many times without any fanfare), and even perform, as is the case tonight in Miami where music icon Barry Gibb will be singing some of his top hits from the Bee Gees at the DRIF’s Love and Hope Ball for almost 800 people.
This is but a sampling (and surely not a complete) of an ever-growing list that includes others like Ray Allen and his family, Olympian Gary Hall and Kris Freeman, other football greats Kendall Simmons and Vince Wilfork, race car driver Charlie Kimball and there are many, many more of which I have not forgotten, but only used a sampling to show that so many DO INDEED care; and help. Feel free to add anyone you want to mention as a reminder to everyone else.
We surely would love for many more stories in the news and the media to center around diabetes and surely we would like the list to grow, and the stories be more plentiful, but we should also recognize that many do much.
And we all surely appreciate it………don’t we?
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