Open letters to Lions

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 19:00

Dear Lions,

I don’t know how you knew that I have diabetes.

How did you know that I needed a helping hand, an ear to listen, someone to make sure I got to the doctor?

That’s a LION


Dear Lions,

I am 9 years old and take 4 insulin shots a day for diabetes.

How did you know that going to summer camp or a Family link event with others who share my challenges of living with diabetes was so important? Do you know each week I poke my finger 70 times? Your support of the programs and services of the American Diabetes Association is so important, so I can go to camp and learn how to live with diabetes.

Thanks LIONS


Dear Lions,

I am a senior citizen, and utilize a food pantry to make ends meet.

How did you know I needed special food that is expensive? You made sure I had a holiday dinner to share with my family.

That’s a LION


Lions Clubs share of their time, talent and financial support to reach out to people in need, since 1984 the American Diabetes Association has been a platform charity of Lions Clubs International and the Lions of Alaska have been our heroes!

It is estimated that 68,500 Alaskans are affected by diabetes and one third of those are yet to be diagnosed.

Lions fundraise, walk, teach, listen & share through health fairs and community and club presentations to make their communities healthier. Lions cook and organize and donate auction items, conduct rib feeds and pitch in where ever there is a need. I can’t even guess the number of volunteer hours; their generosity is boundless, all to STOP DIABETES.

For the last 33 years I have been proud to be part of the Lioness & Lions organization. On behalf of the Alaskans affected by diabetes, thank you for your efforts on behalf of our mission: To cure and prevent diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.


— Michelle Cassano, Executive Director

American Diabetes Association,

Alaska Area

[email protected].

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