Rawnie Berry (left) presents a certificate of recognition to Alton Memorial staff (from left) Lisa James, Debbie Turpin and Rusty Ingram for the hospital’s help in making the 2015 Metro East STEP OUT: Walk to Stop Diabetes a big success.
Thanks to the sponsorship support of Alton Memorial Hospital and fundraising efforts by staff members, this year’s Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes raised approximately $151,165 — topping last year’s record amount.
The result placed it among the most successful walks in the nation and surpassed the fundraising goal set by the association.
Rawnie Berry, American Diabetes Association manager for the St. Louis area, recently presented Debbie Turpin, Lisa James and Rusty Ingram of Alton Memorial Hospital with a certificate of recognition for their contributions to the walk’s success.
“A significant part of day-of-event experience is due to the role Alton Memorial Hospital plays as sponsor of the Health and Wellness Tent, where walk participants receive free A1c, blood glucose and blood pressure screenings,” Berry said. “We are sincerely grateful for their continued support.”
While an estimated 29 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, 8.1 million people are unaware they have the disease. If trends continue, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.
For information, call (800) DIABETES or visit www.diabetes.org.