The Nybo family shared their story "Touched by Type 1" to help spread awareness.
 

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Conner Reif working together to make Type One into Type none.

Rep. Nekritz showing her support

Rep. McAsey and her daughter are working to stop diabetes.

Representative Senger getting her glucose check at her Diabetes Awareness Day Screening with BP.




CHICAGO— Today members of the Illinois General Assembly were joined by IndyCar Driver Charlie Kimball at Lurie Children’s to announce a design contest for the state’s new Diabetes Awareness License Plates.

 

“These plates will not only generate money for diabetes research, they will serve as mobile billboards raising awareness across the state,” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). “Our goal is to have a child living with Diabetes design the plates.”

 

Sample plate coloring pages, contest rules, and application to put the plates on your vehicles can be found at ILGADIABETES.com. In addition to spreading awareness, $25 from every plate sold will go to diabetes research via the state’s Diabetes Check-Off Fund.

 

“Diabetes touches so many lives and families including my own,” said Durkin.  “I appreciate all of the doctors, caregivers and diabetes patients who joined us today and in particular, IndyCar  Driver Charlie Kimball.  Charlie is someone children with Type 1 Diabetes can emulate.  He is living proof that diabetes does not have to limit their dreams and goals.”

 

In addition to announcing the contest, Kimball, a Novo Nordisk Patient Ambassador, took time to share his story and meet with patients at Lurie Children’s to show that he may be an IndyCar star, but controlling the daily challenges of Diabetes is his top priority.

 

“I was diagnosed seven years ago and almost had to give up my dream of being a professional race car driver,” Kimball said.  "The daily management of my diabetes is so important to helping me maintain my active lifestyle and I encourage others living with diabetes to be proactive in monitoring your blood sugar levels and eat healthy, get physical activity, and work with your health care team to work out a treatment regimen that's right for you."

 


The contest was started today at Lurie Children’s where several of the patients started their designs.

“At Lurie Children’s, we care for nearly 2,000 children and adolescents with diabetes – and this is their month,” says Donald Zimmerman, MD, Division Head of Endocrinology at Lurie Children’s.

 

Lurie Children’s is one of the top children’s hospitals in the country according to US News & World Report. It is the pediatric teaching ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and one of only a handful of U.S. children’s hospitals with a dedicated pediatric research center.

 

The contest was announced as part of the joint Diabetes Awareness Month efforts. Organizations and legislators from across the state are showing their support, encouraging proper care, and sponsoring screenings.

 

“We are excited that Illinoisans will have the opportunity to show their support for people living with diabetes,” said Simintha Esson, ADA Director, Development and Mission Delivery. “Diabetes is increasingly affecting a growing number of families in our great state, and your American Diabetes Association remains committed to helping to Stop Diabetes.”

 

More than 800,000 Illinoisans are living with Diabetes. Yearly, $7.3 billion is spent on both direct and indirect costs associated with the care of diabetes in Illinois, which accounts for more than 10 percent of all health care spending. The earlier treatment begins, the easier it is to prevent the dreadful, costly and sometimes fatal side effects of diabetes.

 

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Representative Ives showing her support to Stop Diabetes
MLB Hall of Famer Lou Brock with Reynolds and  Representative Tom Cross at his Diabetes Fair.

Senator Munoz working to Stop Diabetes.

Senators Rezin, Althoff, and McConnaughay showing their support at a Diabetes Caucus Fundraiser

Representatives Ives, Bellock and Harms with members of their bowling team "No Sugar Added" raise funds for Diabetes Awareness.
 

Representatives Jim Durkin, Michael Tryon and Tom Cross give out the Stand Up/Stand Out Award at Oak Park Elementary School.


World Diabetes Day Events

 

Senator Linda Holmes & VNA Health Care

Invite you to a free health fair on

World Diabetes Awareness Day

November 14th, 2014

10:00a.m to 2:00p.m.

At VNA Health Care-1400 Indian Avenue, Aurora

Screenings: Blood Glucose, Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure

Presentations: Diabetes and Nutrition, Diabetes and Vision, Diabetes and Medication

 

Senator Mattie Hunter & Mercy Hospital

Invite you to a free health screening on

World Diabetes Awareness Day

November 14th, 2014

11a.m.-1p.m.

At Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library-3436 S. King Drive, Chicago

Screenings: Blood Glucose and cholesterol

  

Senator Tony Munoz & Saint Anthony Hospital

Invite you to a free health screening on

World Diabetes Awareness Day

November 14th, 2014

9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.

At the Arturo Velasquez Technical Institute-2800 South Western Ave, Chicago

Screenings: Blood Glucose

 

Senator Bill Haine & Alton Memorial Hospital

Invite you to a free health screening on

World Diabetes Awareness Day

November 14th, 2014

11a.m. to 1p.m

Alton Square Mall-200 Alton Square, Alton

Screenings: Blood Glucose

 

Senator Tom Cullerton & Adventist Glen Oaks Hospital

Invite you to a free health screening on

 World Diabetes Awareness Day

November 14th, 2014

9a.m. to 12p.m.

At Adventist Glen Oaks-701 Winthrop Ave., Glendale Heights

Screenings: Blood Glucose


Senator Daniel Biss & Northshore University Hospital-Skokie

Invite you to a free health screening on

World Diabetes Awareness Day

November 14th, 2014

11a.m. to 1p.m.

At Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center-1655 Foster Street, Evanston

Screenings: Blood Glucose

 
 Senator Heather Steans & Swedish Covenant Hospital

Invite you to a free health screening on

World Diabetes Awareness Day

November 14th, 2014

9:15a.m to 12p.m.

At the Edgewater Public Library-1210 W. Elmdale, Chicago

Screenings: Blood Glucose

 
Representatives Cassidy, Moeller, Davis, Chapa-Lavia, and Burke
showing their support in their very fancy bowling shirts at the Diabetes Caucus Fundraiser.

Senator Michael Connelly speaking at a Diabetes Awareness Day Press Conference.

Rep. Bellock working to Stop Diabetes at the Diabetes Caucus Bowling Fundraiser
During the month of November we will be showing our support for campaigns to cure Diabetes.

This photo was from Diabetes Awareness Day in the Capitol this May.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

The members of the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus are working to increase awareness and work with our partners to help find a cure, provide greater access to treatment, and educate Illinoisans on this extremely important issue.