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April 15, 2014

Points East: Go Team TKO!

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Diabetics are nearly four times more likely to have heart disease.  Diabetes is, by far, the leading cause of blindness among adults over 20.

I’ve had people tell me that as long as I manage the disease, it’s not going to kill me.  Oh yeah?

As far as I’m concerned, it has already taken three good shots at trying.  As most of you know, I also have Parkinson’s Disease.  Medical research now shows that Parkinson’s may be closely related to diabetes. 

But, thank God, I’m still able to wobble around in such a way that it passes for walking and that’s precisely what Tyler and I, along with a host of our friends and family members, and a thousand or so other folks intend to do early in the morning of May 31 at Keeneland.

Last year Team TKO raised more than $3,200 to help fight diabetes and just over half of those sponsorship dollars were donated by dozens of readers of this column.   I am so beyond proud of you folks.

The easiest and most convenient way to donate is online. Simply go to www.stepout.diabetes.org and click  DONATE at the top of the page.  You will then be asked to support a participant or a team. Click on one or the other.  Then type in either my name or Team TKO and follow your nose.

 Online donations will show up on the website automatically.  If, like me, you wish to make a paper donation (cash or personal check) it may not be counted until after we turn it in on Saturday May 31, the day of the event.  However I will be entering donations to our team as I receive in the mail so you may be able to go to the step out site and check to see how well we’re doing.

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