Give the Gift of Hope This Mother’s DayÂ
Â Through the American Diabetes Association’s Gift of Hope program, your purchase will support diabetes research
ALEXANDRIA, VA (rushprnews)., May 4 2007– This Mother’s Day,
the American Diabetes Association is encouraging sons and daughters, nieces
and nephews, grandchildren and friends, to honor Mom by raising money for
diabetes research and awareness. More than 9 million women in the United
States have diabetes and nearly one-third of them do not know it. Diabetes
can be especially hard on women, placing a unique burden on them because
the disease can affect both mothers and their unborn children.
Â Â Â The ADA offers a unique way for individuals to show their love and
support this Mother’s Day by turning gift purchases into research dollars.
The Gift of Hope program provides distinctive and memorable gift options to
celebrate Mother’s Day, and every penny of the profits goes directly to
support diabetes research.
Â Â Â Parents of children with diabetes started the Gift of Hope program in
1971. Since then, the program has raised $21 million for diabetes research.
This year, new spring items have been introduced such as the Citrus and
Lavender Kitchen sets to join favorites like the Family Quilt Ceramic
Plate, Grandmother’s and Mother’s Gift of Hope Bracelets, and Latte Cup
set. These items and many others can be ordered online by visiting
Â Â Â Women with diabetes are more likely to have a heart attack, and at a
younger age, than women without diabetes. Diabetes can also cause
difficulties during pregnancy. For women who do not currently have
diabetes, pregnancy brings the risk of gestational diabetes which can lead
to type 2 diabetes later in life.
Â Â Â Diabetes, if left untreated, can lead to serious complications such as
cardiovascular disease, blindness, amputations, and kidney failure. The
prevalence of diabetes is at least 2-4 times higher among African American,
Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Asian/Pacific Islander women than
among white women. The risk for diabetes also increases with age. Because
of the increasing lifespan of women and the rapid growth of minority
populations, the number of women in the United States at high risk for
diabetes and its complications is increasing.
Â Â Â To find out if you or someone you love might be at risk for diabetes,
take the American Diabetes Risk Test online at
Â Â Â The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s premier voluntary
health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.
The Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve
the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the
Association provides services to hundreds of communities across the
country. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association
at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit http://www.diabetes.org.
Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
Â Â Â National Office
Â Â Â 1701 North Beauregard Street
Â Â Â Alexandria, VA 22311
Â Â Â Tel: 703-549-1500
Â Â Â Diabetes Information
Â Â Â call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)
Â Â Â online http://www.diabetes.org
Â Â Â The Association gratefully accepts gifts through your will.
Â Â Â The Mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure
Â Â Â diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
SOURCE American Diabetes Association