Golden Valley Memorial Hospital 2017 Diabetes Walk

Once diagnosed, diabetes becomes a progressive disease affecting 29 million Americans; and that number continues to grow.  (Click for more on diabetes) Through a fund set aside specifically for patients with diabetes, the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation can help individuals who are coping with a disease that has no known cure and  affects them every day of their lives.  The Diabetes Fund pays for prescriptions, supplies and education for local patients when insurance doesn't cover the cost or the patients don't have the funds to pay for the expense

The Diabetes Walk began in 2005; and in the last 10 years all the money raised has been used to help patients in the Clinton, Windsor, Warsaw and Osceola communities.  The total amount donated during that time is more than $115,000 and has helped many of the hundreds of patients referred to the hospital's diabetes program.  These patients include children, expectant mothers, women, men and older adults.  More the 120 new patients enroll each year.

In 2016 the GVMH Foundation Diabetes Fund helped in the following ways:

  • Provide meters and testing supplies at no cost to diabetic patients.

  • Paid for 150 Diabetes Management handbooks given to patients.

  • Covered more than $9,000 in charges for patients to see a diabetes educator, dietitian and attend group classes.

  • Paid for nearly $3,000 in prescriptions and testing supplies for patients without insurance.

The Diabetes Walk was held on Mar. 18th and FPC fielded 20 "walkers" and 3 grandchildren. Our team, one of eleven, contributed $1,154.50. which was raised by the congregation of FPC.  We were FIRST PLACE  in contributions which totaled more than $10,000.  THANK YOU ALL !