Over one in every 10 people are diagnosed with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), that means in the U.S. 34.2 million people are diagnosed. Of that 34.2 million, 1.6 million of those are diagnosed with Type 1, 28.2 million were diagnosed with other forms of diabetes and 7.3 were undiagnosed. The ADA states that every year there are about 1.5 million new cases recorded. Even in the small town of Shelby it is easy to see the continuing growth of these statistics. With these growing numbers, what are some ways we, as a community, can help?
For now the Shelby Lions Club has taken on the step of just bringing awareness. To do this they are hosting a Diabetes Awareness Walk to inform the community about the seriousness of diabetes.
The Shelby Lions have several ideas of how they would like to assist further for those with diabetic needs. These ideas range from starting a scholarship fund for children in the community to attend diabetes camp, assisting in supplying the school with updated diabetic supplies, or one days bringing in a specialist to help the families and friends of those with diabetes. Though some of the goals may be considered big dreams for a club just starting out, these goals are something the Shelby Lions strive to achieve.
The Awareness Walk takes place Sept. 18, at 10 a.m., at the north end of Roadrunner Trail and continues to the end of City Shop Road. Bikes and pets are allowed, but please be respectful to others by controlling your bicycles and cleaning up after your pets. Lions members will be around to hand out snacks and water bottles.
The Lions have received many donations in support of this event and they would like to say a big thank you to Home Star for their support in this endeavor. Donations can be made the day of the walk, at the start, or sent to Shelby Lions Club Shelby Lions Club: Attn: Kristen Ewing, P.O. Box 567, Shelby, Mt 59474. If you pre-registered for a t-shirt, talk to the Lions Members at the start of the trail and they will be happy to help.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kristen Ewing at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call Alexis Ericckson at (406) 781-1482.