A fun-filled night was had by all who attended the third annual Creekwood Block Party & Welcome Home Elizabeth Gettings celebration that took place Thursday, Oct. 8th at Creekwood Place in Russellville.
According to Travis Bryan, activities director for Creekwood, a total count of how many came was unattainable, but there were a lot, he said.
“The event went excellent. We has a good crowd and it was perfect weather,” said Bryan. “We were able to raise $2,000 this time around for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Everyone who helped in this event were very pleased.”
Bryan said along with the money raised for JDRF, the staff was ecstatic to be able to welcome back a part of their family. Former Executive Director Elizabeth Gettings has rejoined Creekwood as its leader, after leaving last year.
“We cannot be happier that Elizabeth is back where she belongs. She is a wonderful leader and cares deeply for all those who work here and reside here. We are glad she is back,” said Bryan.
Marty Brown Jr. headlined the event and sang with his daughter Aubrey, who has juvenile diabetes.
“This was a very touching moment,” Bryan said, “When his daughter sang with his, it was very emotional.”
Bryan wants to thank all those who helped put the event together, saying without the performers and volunteers the event would not have gone so well.
This is the third event held by Creekwood to help raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition caused by the body’s inability to break down glucose (sugars) and store them properly. When an individual’s system is unable to efficiently process glucose, it will back up in the person’s bloodstream creating multiple health problems.
Over thirty thousand individuals will be diagnosed with diabetes this year alone. It is estimated that over one hundred and twenty million individuals worldwide have diabetes. It is further estimated that approximately five million individuals have diabetes that has yet to be diagnosed.
Type 1 Diabetes is called Juvenile Diabetes as the onset of it begins in childhood. Children diagnosed with juvenile diabetes are insulin dependent. Insulin is the hormone that enables our body to convert the food we eat into energy which is necessary to function normally. Current research indicates that juvenile diabetes is an auto-immune disorder, similar to other disorders such as; rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis. A small percentage of individuals may also develop thyroid conditions.
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