Raising Awareness, One Monday at a Time

Nora Saul, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Manager of Nutritional Services at Joslin

This editorial is by Nora Saul, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Manager of Nutritional Services at Joslin

There are many large organizations that support diabetes treatment and research. But it is all the individual contributions that are so important. I had the honor and pleasure of participating in one man’s endeavor to help fund efforts to reduce the toll diabetes takes on those who live with it.

Ed Gidney manages Talent Call USA, a talent show on a cable station in Mendon, Massachusetts. Every Monday night he hosts singers and musicians who would like an opportunity to show off their talents to the world, or at least the local cable watching and worldwide online community. But in addition to managing the show, Mr. Gidney uses his airtime to support the American Diabetes Association, asking people to send in a donation if they enjoyed the show.

He has a personal connection to diabetes and knows the hardships it can bring. Many people are in the same boat but Mr. Gidney has looked beyond his personal challenges and found a way for all people with diabetes to benefit.

In an effort to inform his viewers, Mr. Gidney invited me to join the show to talk about diabetes and the impact it is having on the lives of many Americans. We sat and chatted about how diabetes is diagnosed and controlled, why diabetes is such a devastating disease and how family and friends can help their loved ones with diabetes manage the disease.

I stayed for the whole show and in addition to getting to talk about one of my favorite subjects I had a great time meeting the real talent, the people who could actually sing (my husband won’t even let me sing in the shower), and the behind the scenes employees and volunteers that make the show possible. I even had an opportunity during the closing credits to go on-stage with the performers and mouth the words to an old time favorite, Wichita Lineman, which has renewed my childhood memories of Glen Campbell-Galveston and Gentle on My Mind.

The show gave me a wonderful appreciation of the impact of individuals and how we can all share our individual talents to effect change

Here’s to you Mr. Gidney and all the people like you working to bring diabetes to its heels.

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