If you are a wine connoisseur of wine and you just have a taste for a good glass of beer, you might want to mark your calendar. “Wine For a Cure” to benefit diabetes research will be Friday, Nov. 11 at The Party Connection, 2034 11th St., in Portsmouth.
“There’s going to be some acoustic live music, some appetizers, wine or beer tasting,” Malissa Sarver, dietician at King’s Daughters Medical Center Ohio, and activist for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), said. “Tickets are $20 and they are available at The Party Connection.”
Sarver said the event will serve a couple of purposes.
“It’s going to help us spread awareness and education about diabetes, and typically Type 1 Diabetes as well,” Sarver said. “The proceeds are going to go to JDRF.”
The public is invited to the event – “The more the merrier,” Sarver said. “We would love to have everyone come out and support this.”
Sarver said November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and those involved with JDRF are trying to get the word out to Scioto County and the state of Ohio.
“I recently wrote to Governor (John) Kasich’s Office as well, asking for November to be declared Diabetes Awareness Month and he did send a proclamation back that November is being declared Diabetes Awareness Month,” Sarver said.
The proclamation reads – “Whereas, diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin; and whereas, if uncontrolled, it can cause complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and loss of digits and limbs; and whereas, more than 800,000 Ohio adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, and children and pregnant women can also develop the condition; and whereas, diabetes can be managed by keeping blood sugar levels within a normal range, eating well and being physically active; and whereas, the State of Ohio is committed to supporting individuals with diabetes so they can manage the disease and continue to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Now, therefore, We, John R. Kasich and Mary Taylor, Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Ohio, do hereby recognize November 2016 as Diabetes Awareness Month throughout Ohio and encourage all Ohioans to raise awareness about this disease and support to those affected by it.”
“There is something online called Project Blue November, and they have a picture of a map and they encouraged everyone to write to their governor to ask for this,” Sarver said. “So each state when that would happen was colored blue and so with that the whole entire map of the United States is Colored blue. Blue is the color of Diabetes Awareness.”
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