I love being the Team Captain for my family’s team, Lenbirg’s Ladies & Gents for the Walk to Stop Diabetes this year.
It is definitely an awesome experience. This has definitely put my professional skills to the test on how to organize the team and get to fundraising. This was a huge undertaking, but it was project that was well worth it. This will be our 8th year walking. We walk in the name of my grandfather every year and that is what drives me. So, the recruiting portion of this position wasn’t difficult. The difficult part of this is watching the lack of selflessness and desire to help an awesome cause. Regardless of the statistics provided from ADA, people just aren’t into giving of themselves for a disease that plagues us all in one way or another. We spend so much money on eating out, materialistic things, and spending a night on the town. Yet, you cannot fathom providing as little as a $1 to this organization (or minimum $5 online). Our health is deeply important not only to us but to our family and friends. We walk to help those we know and those we do not. I had to drop our estimated goals to a much more attainable goal in the hopes it would generate less intimidation. At least at this point, we have reached 65% of our team goal of $500. We have to keep pushing because we will be walking this Sunday, 9/21.
I am shooting to be the Team Captain again next year and hope that more people get involved.
Below are some stats (if you weren’t aware):
Diabetes kills more Americans each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
1 in 12 Americans has it.
1 in 4 who have it do not know it.
1 in 3 are at risk of developing it.
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