St. Joseph’s honours diabetes warriors

Nov. 24, 2015

The Diabetes Half Century Awards for patients who have reached 50 years living with diabetes will be presented on Nov. 25 as part of National Diabetes Month

Twenty six years ago, the Flame of Hope at London’s Banting House was lit for the first time as a beacon to those living with diabetes that a cure is only a matter of time. It was kindled by The Honourable Judge John M. Seneshen, the driving force behind the flame’s creation.

Among those who find comfort in that eternal flame is Bob Seneshen – the late judge’s son and motivation. Now age 63, Bob will be among those receiving the Diabetes Half Century Award on Nov. 25 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, having lived well with diabetes for 50 years. 

The awards are presented annually by St. Joseph’s Health Care London and Novo Nordisk Canada Inc. Patients with insulin-dependent diabetes who reach 50 years since their diagnosis are nominated by their endocrinologist. They are honoured for their personal commitment and diligence in looking after their health, and for acting as encouragement to all those with disease. Each recipient receives a print of London’s Banting House and a special medal to commemorate their achievement. The medal, designed by a St. Joseph’s diabetes patient, features the Banting House Flame of Hope.  It’s most fitting that Bob will receive it.

“My dad would be absolutely pleased, but then he would say we still need to work toward a cure,” says Bob. Read about Bob’s journey with diabetes.

St. Joseph’s has honoured more than 125 patients over the past 11 years for reaching the half century mark with diabetes. This year there are eight recipients. Media are invited to attend and hear their stories:

What: Diabetes Half Century Awards, Nov. 25 at 11 am
Where:  Diabetes Education Centre, St. Joseph’s Hospital, 268 Grosvenor St.  London, Zone B, Level 5, Room B5-638 (North Classroom)

For more information contact:
Dahlia Reich, Communication & Public Affairs   
St. Joseph’s Health Care London     
519 646-6100 ext. 65294, pager 10117    

About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a leading academic health care centre in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care, teaching and research. Through partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute and our collaborative engagement with other health care and academic partners, St. Joseph’s has become an international leader in the areas of: chronic disease management; medical imaging; specialized mental health care; rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics; and surgery.  St. Joseph’s operates through a wide range of hospital, clinic and long-term and community-based settings, including: St. Joseph’s Hospital; Parkwood Hospital; Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care; Regional Mental Health Care London; and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. For more information, visit

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