According to the CDC, almost 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, or 9.3 percent of the population. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, one-fourth are unaware they have the disease. The estimated total direct and indirect cost of this disease is $176 billion.
Diabetes Alert Day, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, is held every fourth Tuesday in March. Because this disease is increasing by large numbers yearly, the Wisconsin Lions Foundation and local Lions and Lioness clubs are promoting Diabetes Alert Day throughout Wisconsin.
As a way to inform the public, the Manawa Lions invite everyone to a special presentation March 23 at Cedar Spring Golf Course. The Ryan Poppy family, from Manawa, will talk about living with diabetes.
Ryan has had a pancreas transplant as a result of diabetes and both of his young sons have the disease.
The meal begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Poppy presentation at 7 p.m.
Attendees need not attend the meal, which is $9.50 per plate. Meal reservations are due by March 20 by calling 920-596-2015.
The Manawa Lions will also be handing out Diabetes Awareness brochures while bagging groceries at Remington’s Quality Foods on Wednesday, March 25.