Pipelining Diabetes Supplies to Katrina Victims... PLEASE READ
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Katrina Diabetes Relief
Send any available supplies (insulin, medications, meters, strips, insulin delivery, etc.) via overnight to:
101 Franklin St.
Westport, CT 06880
Your supplies will be aggregated for immediate delivery and distribution.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Tom Karlya 203.221.3453 Cell: 516.220.3979 — call anytime for next 36 hours
dLIFE - FOR YOUR DIABETES LIFE TO COLLECT AND PIPELINE DIABETES SUPPLIES TO AREAS RAVAGED BY HURRICANE KATRINA
Conversation with Governor's Office Spurs Support from Leading
WESTPORT, Conn., August 31, 2005- dLife - For Your Diabetes Life, a multimedia resource for the 18.2 million people in the United States living with diabetes, is starting a drive to collect donated diabetes supplies to help victims of Hurricane Katrina who are stranded without the medicine and supplies they need to manage their potentially deadly disease. The drive began when the dLife office responded to a caller who saw a need on a news report on TV showing someone stranded on the roof of a building holding a sign pleading for diabetes supplies. Information on how to help can be found at www.dlife.com, by calling 1-866-dLifeNow or sending supplies to dLife Relief 101 Franklin Street, West Port CT 06880. After the dLife office spoke to the Governor's office in Louisiana; an action plan was laid out for those who need help and those who want to help.
"Having diabetes for 37 years and knowing our dLife community around the United States – diabetes suppliers, experts and individuals – I know the panic of watching your health deteriorate without needed supplies. We have to cut through the red tape and get those in such dire need life sustaining supplies. We're urging anyone who can help to respond to this urgent call for assistance," said Howard Steinberg, CEO and Founder of dLife.
The areas hit hardest by Katrina also happen to have some of the highest diabetes populations per capita. In Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, 7.2, 8.9 and 9.0% of their populations respectively have diabetes according to a 2002 study (http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/prev/state/table16.htm). Living with diabetes means keeping an important balance of diet and medication to minimize the effects of the disease. The lack of supplies to the sizeable diabetes populations in these states will undoubtedly add to the loss of life already caused by the hurricane and a plan needs to be implemented.
dLife - For Your Diabetes Life is a multimedia network that includes the first ever weekly diabetes television show, dLife TV (produced by dLife, airing on CNBC Sundays 7pm EST / 4pm Pacific); a website, dLife.com; a radio program, dLife Radio; and a direct mail newsletter, dLife Connect. dLife is a Westport, Connecticut company.