HealthWay and The Fulton Companies employees teamed up to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes with a goal of $10,000. The team set their goal high with only a few short summer months to raise the money. After a lot of effort and commitment the team raised 70% of their goal.
Online PR News – 09-October-2012 – Pulaski, New York – Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a disorder of the body's immune system. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys specific cells in the pancreas. For this reason, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin in order to stay alive. This means undergoing multiple injections daily, or having insulin delivered through an insulin pump, and testing their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. People with diabetes must also carefully balance their food intake and their exercise to regulate their blood sugar levels, in an attempt to avoid hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) reactions, which can be life threatening.
Type 1 diabetes is a disease that has hit close to home for several of the HealthWay Home Products and The Fulton Companies employees. It is because of the prevalence of type 1 diabetes that the two companies decided to join forces and raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) annual North Country Walk to Cure Diabetes in Watertown, NY. The team set their fundraising goal to $10,000 with only a few short summer months to raise the money.
The team captains Jennifer Howe & Brianna Tubbs, of HealthWay, and Alex Frechette, of The Fulton Companies, worked together to pull their resources and create an event to involve community business and raise funds to help meet their goal. The three organized an event at LD's Alehouse on September 13th, 2012 in Pulaski, NY with the sole purpose of raising money for Type 1 diabetes and raising awareness about the disease. The event featured raffles, door prizes, music, food, and fun. All of the tips collected by the waitresses and bartenders, all of the money from raffle ticket purchases, and 10% of all food and beverage purchases went to the team's goal of raising $10,000. The team estimates about one-third of the team's fundraising total was due to the event and the efforts to organize the event.
Brianna Tubbs, team co-captain and executive assistant at HealthWay, states "Our team would like to thank the Pulaski community, friends, family members, and customers for all of their support in helping us raise funds for JDRF. We are still accepting donations both by mail and online. If anyone needs assistance with making a donation please do not hesitate to contact us."
The team fundraised just over $7,000 for JDRF, putting them at about 70% of their goal of $10,000. The total amount that was raised through the North Country Walk to Cure Diabetes was $20,000 and counting as of October 5th (this includes the $7,000 from HealthWay and The Fulton Companies). Even though the event is over many of the team members continue to support JDRF by raising awareness and wearing blue bracelets that state "CURE diabetes, www.jdrf.org." Online donations for the team are still being accepted at http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/HealthWayFulton, as well as cash and check donations that are mailed into the team captains.
Though not all of the team members could attend the walk on September 15th in Watertown, NY those who did attend said it was a wonderful time. The above photo features two of the team’s youngest members, Noah Lobdell and Joey Basciani. Joey is one of the driving forces behind the team's efforts. Joey was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 2 years ago and has to go through a series of insulin shots and pin pricks before every meal. Another team member who is committed to raising funds for JDRF and spreading knowledge about type 1 diabetes is team captain, Alex Frechette. Alex also suffers from type 1 diabetes, though his source of insulin is delivered through a pump that goes everywhere with him. Taking insulin keeps people with type 1 diabetes alive, but does not cure the disease. While progress toward finding a cure has been substantial, there is still no cure for diabetes.
For more information about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or type 1 diabetes please visit www.jdrf.org.
About HealthWay Home Products:
HealthWay, founded in 1981, emerged as the thought leader in the air cleaning technology industry developing 25 patents and building customized systems for the United States Government, U.S. Postal services and the Veterans administration Hospital System. Healthway continues to build solution based technologies to help address the most mission critical indoor environments serving 25 countries worldwide. Healthway's latest technology innovation has been awarded the prestigious NASA innovation award by achieving 100 percent filtration efficiency of ultra fine particles with low pressure drop and certified destruction of 94-100 percent of viruses, mold and bacteria. Located in New York, HealthWay was named one of America’s fastest growing private companies by INC. Magazine in 2011.