(From left) The Bank of Edwardsville Community Relations-Communications Coordinator Bill Yarbrough, Vice President of Human Resources Danielle Smith, President-Chief Executive Officer Kevin Powers and Rawnie Berry, American Diabetes Association Metro East manager.
EDWARDSVILLE — The Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Sept. 19, 2015, was again a great success, organizers say.
The fundraising event was attended by residents, students and businesses from nearly every county of the Metro East. Sponsors, donors and walkers raised approximately $158,090 – making the walk the fourth most successful in the nation in terms of exceeding the $125,000 fundraising objective set by the American Diabetes Association.
“The Bank of Edwardsville contributed significantly to the success of the 2015 Metro East Walk to Stop Diabetes,” said Rawnie Berry, American Diabetes Association Metro East manager. “Leading up to the walk, they displayed our brochures inside branch offices, providing much-needed exposure throughout all of its locations. At the walk itself, bank employees manned the Bank of Edwardsville food tent, providing the tent, water and granola bars served to participants. Not only was the bank a $5,000 Platinum Sponsor, but its Corporate Walk Team made up of 30 staff members and their families raised $4,410. Kevin Powers, president and CEO of the bank, and Danielle Smith, vice president of human resources, each raised $1,000 or more to earn the title of Walk Champions. The BANK of Edwardsville represents all that we hope for in a corporate partner.”
“Our entire organization is extremely proud to help support the American Diabetes Association,” Powers said. “Chances are each of us knows someone whose life is complicated by diabetes. By sponsoring and raising money for the Metro East Walk to Stop Diabetes, we can help the ADA fulfill its mission and fund research in the fight against this disease.”
Each day, 200 limbs are removed and 100 people lose their lives because of diabetes complications. More than 29 million Americans live with this disease. If current trends continue, 1 in 3 adults will have diabetes by 2050. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness and non-traumatic lower limb amputation, is a major contributor to heart disease and stroke, and is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.
The American Diabetes Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, hosts summer camps for children with diabetes, provides objective and credible information, and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. To volunteer, make a donation to or sponsor the 2016 Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, which will again be held at SIUE in September, call Rawnie Berry at (888) 342-2383 ext. 6829.