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.
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.