Joan Cary 2017-08-09 07:32:17
ANSWERING THE CALL Lions are rallying around the global epidemic of diabetes The only living descendant of Helen Keller, Keller Johnson- Thompson stood before 15,000 Lions and Leos near the end of the 100th International Convention July 4 in Chicago. Aside her was the very same bell Helen Keller stood next to at the 9th International Convention in 1925 in Cedar Point, Ohio. Keller had rung the bell after her speech, a historic, game-changing call to action for Lions to be Knights of the Blind. “Will you not constitute yourselves to continue to be Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness through your work with diabetes?” Johnson-Thompson, Keller’s great grand-niece and a Lion from Tuscumbia, Alabama, vigorously struck the bell to ring in a new call to action for Lions for their second century. She asked Lions, “We Lions always answer the bell,” responded Centennial Chairperson and Past International President J. Frank Moore III, an Alabama resident. “And we’ll do so with diabetes.” This past year Lions Clubs International (LCI) announced its new service framework: vision, hunger, the environment and pediatric cancer. In Chicago, Lions learned that diabetes also will be a fifth main focus for the next five to 10 years. LCI adopted diabetes as a central cause after consulting with Lions. Lions leaders since then have built a global technical diabetes working group, funded pilot programs and developed step-by-step guides to easily walk Lions and Leos through the planning and delivery of diabetes projects. Enlisting the support of 1.45 million Lions to curtail diabetes can’t come too soon. 420 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE WITH DIABETES Our goals in the fight against diabetes: PREVENT To prevent type 2 diabetes through healthy lifestyles and healthy communities. CONTROL To control diabetesrelated complications through education, support and increased access to care. RESEARCH To support and advocate for research that leads to new treatments and technologies that can change lives. LIONS DON’T STAND ON THE SIDELINE. WE SERVE ON THE FRONTLINE.
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