Patients celebrate 50 years living successfully with diabetes: World Diabetes Day is November 14

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Nov. 09, 2010

David Bolt is all too familiar with the challenges of living with diabetes. With diligence, he has done so for 50 of his 53 years – and has his health to show for it.

On November 10, Bolt will mark a special milestone. He is among the recipients of the Diabetes Half Century Awards celebrating individuals who have successfully lived with insulin-dependent diabetes for 50 years.

Hosted by St. Joseph’s Health Care London and Novo Nordisk Canada Inc., a pharmaceutical company, the awards are presented annually to St. Joseph’s patients nominated by their endocrinologist. Each is presented with a print of London’s Banting House to commemorate their achievement. This year, seven recipients will receive the award, which also helps raise awareness of diabetes in time for World Diabetes Day on November 14.

“Recipients of the Half Century Awards are role models for the current generation of patients living with diabetes,” says Dr. Irene Hramiak, chair/chief of St. Joseph’s Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, a leader in diabetes care, research and education.  “We celebrate their health and encourage all those with the disease by having this event each year.”

Diagnosed at only age three, Bolt says care for diabetes has improved dramatically since he was a child when syringes with thick needles, strict diets, and constant urine tests were the norm. “Winning the award is a big thing for me,” he says.

What: Diabetes Half Century Awards
Where: Diabetes Education Centre, room B5-602, St. Joseph’s Hospital
  (Enter Grosvenor Entrance 2, take elevators to 5th floor)
Time: 11 am to 12 pm

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For more information, contact:
Dahlia Reich, Communication & Public Affairs,
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Phone: 519 646-6100 ext. 65294
Email: dahlia.reich@sjhc.london.on.ca

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