My mother, Dorothy Marie Kinnard, lost her battle to diabetes on September 3, 2011 after many years of struggling with this debilitating disease. Her untimely death at the age of 62 was not only the biggest devastation of my life but it compelled me to explore why so many people struggle with this malady. After much thought and many prayers behind the loss of my mother, I began my personal journey on what could be done to help improve the fight against diabetes.
   One of my mother's most amazing qualities was her selfless love for others. She felt a great need to help others and spent most of her life doing so.  In an effort to continue her legacy of helping others, I established a foundation in her honor.  In 2012, the Dorothy Marie Kinnard Foundation was created to help individuals struggling with diabetes better understand how to deal with it through education and better lifestyle choices.
  Each year, millions of people contract diabetes. Even more troubling, many people have the disease and don't even know it. And like mom, many will die too young unless we ban together to help put a stop to this escalating healthy crisis.
   Please join me in the effort to help combat the spread of diabetes. Your voice, your time and your donations can help make the difference!

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. This healthcare crisis has come with a staggering cost of $174 billion annually and continues to climb as more people develop the disease. More than 26 million people have the disease and 79 million are at risk of developing it. Moreover, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes compared to other groups in the general population. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 3.7 million African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes and  1 in 4 African American women over 55 years of age has diabetes while 25 percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have the disease. The most common form of diabetes among this group is Type 2. Besides being one of the biggest health challenges facing African-Americans today, diabetes among this ethnic group continues to rise due to issues such as obesity, unhealthy diet and lack of knowledge. Because there is no cure for diabetes, it has become the fastest growing disease in the world. We must be diligent in our fight to help combat the war on diabetes!












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