The following is a news release from the Texoma Medical Center:
TMC Waterloo Race for Diabetes raises $23, 500
The 5th Annual Waterloo Race for Diabetes, presented by the TMC Diabetes LifeCenter and the TMC Foundation, was held Saturday, November 4 at Waterloo Park in Denison. The event raised $23,500 to benefit Texoma children and adults with diabetes.
The overall race winners this year were Bob Smeby in the men’s division with a time of 18:18 and Ashley Millerick in the women’s division with a time of 20:08. In addition to the 5K race, this year’s event also included a 1K kids run for children ages 12 and under. Each child that participated received a ribbon while the first, second and third place winners received a trophy. Those winners were Colt Rutherford, Dylan Babbitt and James Hellwarth. The group with the largest number of participants and the winners of a trophy was the TMC Slowpokes.
The Clara Blackford and W. Aubrey Smith Foundation was the major sponsor for the event, providing scholarships for children with diabetes to attend Camp Sweeney during the summer, spring and fall months. Camp Sweeney is a special 3-week camp for children with diabetes that are between the ages of 6 and 18 years old. There are opportunities all year round for campers to attend and interact with other children who have diabetes and learn about their disease and how to control it. The camp is a lifestyle-enhancing program that builds confidence and self esteems in the children.
The Waterloo5K also raises funds for adults with diabetes who do not have the means to pay for their treatments, education and supplies needed to keep their disease under control. More than 15 million people in the U.S. have received a diagnosis of diabetes, but experts estimate that another 6 million have it and don’t know it. There is no cure for diabetes. Once you have it, you have to check your blood sugar every day. Medicines can help control the disease, but a good diet and exercise are crucial also. The medications, insulin, testing strips and the education needed by diabetics are expensive. The TMC Waterloo Race for Diabetes has raised over $80,000 in the past 5 years to help with these expenses for those in need.