BENEFITING: American Diabetes Association, Inc.
This fundraiser is personal to me. Under the umbrella group of the American Diabetes Association, I am running the NYC Marathon as a representative of Clothing Hope, Inc. In 2015 Marlaina Headley and I founded Clothing Hope to serve as a local health awareness resource for underserved communities with a particular focus on diabetes.
Marlaina, diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the young age of 6 and Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 20, understands the expensive costs of living with autoimmune diseases. She also knows that being healthy, active, and eating nutritious foods can help control the diseases and their effects on her body. I, on the other hand, having struggled with my weight my entire life, have learned more in depth about Type 1 (and Type 2) Diabetes and Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis as my friendship with Marlaina matured. Paying closer attention to my wellbeing, and the wellbeing of my family, I realized that diabetes is a worldwide epidemic; almost everyone knows someone with diabetes.
- The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014
- The global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014
- Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle- and low-income countries
- In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes and another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose
- The Wolrd Health Organization projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030
- Diabetes is now the leading cause of death in Mexico
- Worldwide, 60% of people affected by diabetes identify as Asian
In the United States:
- Nearly 29 million children and adults are living with diabetes
- 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing the disease
- 27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed
In New York City:
- An estimated 2 million people (12.3% of the population) have diabetes in New York and 517,000 are not aware of it
- 5,412,000 people in New York (36.2%) have prediabetes
- An estimated 66,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes annually
- It is affecting poor segregated minority populations at astounding rates
- People affected by diabetes in NYC include 31% who identify as Black, 28% as Hispanic, with poverty rates of 22% and 24%, respectively
There are clear links between insufficient resources, urban infrastructure, modernization, economic opportunity, costly medication, and diabetes. Without a cure or an abundance of resources available in poor communities, this continues to be an epidemic. Clothing Hope takes the Health-Outreach-Prevention-Education to the NYC communities. We take our hot plates and pots for cooking classes; speakers and weights for workout classes to all 5 boroughs. We bring handouts and all materials needed to church basements, domestic violence shelters, public housing, etc. Most importantly, we tailor our curriculum to the needs of each community.
As a NYC based organization Clothing Hope sees the American Diabetes Association as resource for our initiatvies. Running the NYC Marathon under the American Diabetes Association is an opportunity to combine forces and participate together in our fight against diabetes and its deadly consequences.
The American Diabetes Association:
- funds and advocates for scientific research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes
- publishes scientific findings
- fights for the rights of people with diabetes
- provides information and services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public
The Association acts on its mission through a number of critical programs and activities that are directed to a broad range of constituents encompassing consumers, research scientists, health care professionals, corporations and communities.
When you donate:
- You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes.
- You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes.
- You fund life-saving research.
- You provide access to community programs and free resources that help those living with diabetes to live well.