Joslin Awards First 80-Year Medal

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Spencer Wallace, Jr., the first recipient of Joslin's 80-Year Medal

In a ceremony on Saturday, May 11, Joslin Diabetes Center awarded Spencer M. Wallace, Jr. of Fayetteville, NY, the first Joslin Medal for living for 80 years with insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes.  Mr. Wallace was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 8 and has lived with diabetes for 82 years.

Watch video coverage and interviews from the Medalist Celebration.

The Joslin Medalist program has existed in some form since Dr. Elliott. Joslin began awarding 25-year Victory Medals in 1948 for people who had lived for 25 years with Type 1 diabetes. In 1970 Joslin Diabetes Center awarded the first 50-year medal, with a 75-year medal following in 1996. Since the program’s inception, more than 2,500 50-year medals have been awarded, as well as more than 50 75-year medals.  Mr. Wallace is the first person to receive the new 80-Year Medal.

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