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(J.R.H. 258)

Offered by: Representatives Edwards of Swanton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Barney of Highgate, Gervais of Enosburg, Howrigan of Fairfield, Keenan of St. Albans City, Neiman of Georgia, Perry of Richford and Robb of Swanton.

Whereas, the students of Swanton Central School are trying to raise the awareness of juvenile diabetes, and

Whereas, one of their close friends was recently diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, and

Whereas, everyday, for the rest of his life, their friend must inject himself with four shots of insulin, and prick his finger five times to monitor his blood sugar level, and

Whereas, their friend must carefully watch his diet and exercise appropriately, and

Whereas, diabetes, regardless of the type, is a serious disease, and

Whereas, every three minutes, an American dies from diabetes, and every 40 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes, and

Whereas, a diabetic is more likely to get strokes, experience kidney failures, get nerve disease, go blind, or suffer from heart disease, and

Whereas, diabetes is a disease no one can predict, and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and

Whereas, diabetes is a disease which affects millions of persons and their families, and

Whereas, 35,000 Vermonters have diabetes and approximately 250 are afflicted with juvenile diabetes, and

Whereas, nationally, 16 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and unfortunately, 5.4 million of these persons are not diagnosed, and

Whereas, worldwide, 120 million persons have diabetes, and the World Health Organization estimates this number will increase to 300 million by the year 2025, and

Whereas, it is extremely important that every Vermonter be made aware that diabetes can strike him or her at any time, and that education is the best way to overcome its effects on the world’s population, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates September 24 of each year as Juvenile Diabetes Awareness Day, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont affiliate of the American Diabetes Association, and to the Swanton Central School.