On Dec. 2, Ron Santo, an exceptional former baseball player passed away. According to the Chicago Tribune, Santo struggled with diabetes but spent years of his life doing charity work to raise awareness and help others impacted it. One fundraiser involved a 2,1000-mile walk. He died at the age of 70 and mourners have been asked to donate $10 on Twitter to the diabetes foundation as a way to honor him. He died from bladder cancer and will be missed by many people, especially those with diabetes.
Santo devoted many years of his life to the cause of diabetes. According to Diabeteswellbeing.com, many famous people have diabetes; this list includes musician Nick Jonas, NFL player Jay Cutler, and American Bandstand host and TV producer, Dick Clark.
According to Fox News, Nick Jonas has launched a campaign to make people more aware of Type one diabetes and has made his struggle with the disease open to the public. He formed an alliance with Bayer HealthCare to raise money to fund his foundation. The foundation is called ChangefortheChildren.org; it works to inspire children and adults to get involved and help make a difference. They have organized run/walks for diabetes, online support groups, and have helped kids with diabetes connect with each other and discuss their disease openly.
Jay Cutler has used his celebrity status and money to help out the cause of diabetes. According to JayCutlerSix.com, he and the Eli Lilly Company teamed up with the American Diabetes Association and were able to create scholarships for diabetes camps. The program is called “Touchdowns for Diabetes” and every time that Jay Cutler scores a completed touchdown pass, money is donated to the cause.
According to MedicalNewsToday, Dick Clark teamed up with the American Association of Diabetes Educators to educate the public that diabetes and heart disease can often go hand in hand. Its focus was to educate diabetics to the fact that they need to follow their doctor’s instructions and make sure that they make sure that they keep their hearts as healthy as possible. Dick Clark shared his experiences with diabetes, he was first diagnosed with the disease in 1994. He works to educate people so that the eighteen million diabetics can live healthier lives.
Santo’s struggles will show people that living with diabetes is not something to be afraid of. Many famous people, even those who are professional athletes or entertainers can get diabetes like everyone else. Most people just think that overweight and obese people get the disease, but that is not the case. Santo’s struggle will help bring more light to diabetes and how to eventually raise enough money to find a cure.