Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Thank you, Diabetes Research Institute

Last Saturday was the Walk with Walgreens Family Fun Day and Health Fair across South Florida benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute.

With a privilege of five locations to choose from, I headed about 45 minutes south with the opportunity to see some of my favorite diabetes advocates – Tom Karlya “The Diabetes Dad”, Ellen “Social Media Extraordinare”, and Crystal Bowersox “Our American Idol”.

Tom asked if it meant he would be on the blog. Yes – I guess it does. Although I can’t believe this would be the first time he’s been mentioned here.

Just like every other time I get in my car, I got lost on the way to the walk but I arrived just as Ellen was pulling in too so I guess we were just fashionably late.

After a walk around the park (thankful for all the volunteers distributing cold water) and conversations with the various vendors (collecting SWAG as I went), I settled in for the main event. With thanks to LifeScan for making it happen, we were treated to a concert by our favorite “diabetes idol” – Crystal Bowersox.

After a great concert, she stuck around for a meet-and-greet. It was a hot and sunny day in South Florida so it was nice of her to stick around with us. The picture of Crystal and I makes me laugh – we were talking Twitter at the time but I promise our matching stances were not on purpose!

I really appreciate one thing Crystal shared in between songs. She said that she has been living with diabetes for 21 years but has only recently developed a new perspective on her approach to diabetes. Other than insulin, she believes that attitude is the most important thing to living successfully with diabetes. I couldn’t agree more (insert joke about blog title)!

P.S. My only complaint was that I didn’t win the raffle for a 50″ flat screen TV. That $20 better cure diabetes!

Category: advocacy, Florida
  • George says:

    I am still waiting for her to cover “Not By Choice!”

    I think it is time to put that dream to rest. LOL

    Looks like an awesome time and I too cannot believe Tom was not mentioned here before. Glad it was a good time!

    March 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm
  • Diabetes Dad, Tom Karlya says:

    It was fabulous to see you again and am thrilled to be included. Thanks for sharing your experience; we try to make the event a family day and not merely a; come, walk, and leave type event. It is about families joining together for a common cause; a cure. Not so bad to have a smile along the way, is it?

    March 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm
  • Stacey D. says:

    That’s so awesome that you got to meet Crystal!! And Tom and Ellen too 🙂

    March 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm
  • shannon says:

    thanks for the video and lol @ your matching stances! sounds like a fab day all around! 🙂

    March 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm
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  • Scott K. Johnson says:

    Sounds like it was a great day! So cool that you could hang out and chat with Crystal.

    April 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

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