Racing for a better life
By Deanna Glick Lacques

This year I will have had Type I diabetes for a decade. I've taken nearly 14,000 insulin injections in order to stay alive and control the disease. On Jan. 10, I took my last shot and began wearing an insulin pump that allows for better control and freedom from the rigid meals and schedules required with injection therapy.

But this new treatment and my commitment to better health aren't enough. That's why on June 23 I'm running the Kona Marathon with Team Diabetes. As a team member, I am committed to raise $4,000 from sponsors for the American Diabetes Association. The money raised and the exposure from the marathon will further the ADA's goal of education and research that one day will lead to a cure.

The diabetic community, their families and friends haven't been nearly as aggressive as those committed to eradicating AIDS or fighting breast cancer. I have donated to these causes, as I'm sure many of you have. As a leading cause of death and disability, diabetes needs some attention too.

Sufferers are at higher risk for many complications, including kidney and heart disease, blindness and amputations due to nerve damage.

Last year, after nine years of good to excellent control of my diabetes, I learned I had early-stage kidney disease. With more sacrifice and even more determination, the complication has reversed. But this experience is a testament to how horrible and indiscriminate diabetes can be. Diabetes is not simply a condition by which the sufferer eliminates sweets from their diet and everything is fine. Diabetes is a disease that affects the way all food is processed by the body. Consequently, diabetics are constantly striving to mimic what the human body is supposed to do automatically. I am hoping my new insulin pump will prevent kidney disease and other complications and allow me to have a healthy baby in a couple of years.

Please help me in my effort to claim a part in finding a cure for the disease I share with Bret, Neil, Tommy and Keith by making a tax-deductible donation toward my fund-raising goal. You can mail a check payable to the American Diabetes Association to 3270 Colony Circle, Los Angeles, CA, 90027. You can also donate online at http://events.diabetes.org/memberpages/TEAMDeanna. To learn more about famous musicians and other celebrities with diabetes, visit http://www.angelarose.com/FamousDiabetics/Fam-Music.htm. To find out more about Keith T.'s commitment to the American Diabetes Association, visit www.jtrecords.com.

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