How many family, friends, and co-workers do you know who have diabetes or pre-diabetes?
How many children?
|Randy of Randy's Rib Shack|
Did you know that according to the 2014 census, over 3,400 people in Juneau live with diabetes and 12,000 more have pre-diabetes and some are unaware they do.
The Mendenhall Flying Lions Club has been fighting the fight for 20 years now with our annual barbecue fundraiser. With this year's total we have raised and donated over $157,000 to the Alaska Diabetes Association (ADA) to support their fight.
ADA provides materials to support hospitals, clinics, and health fairs and the education and referral services to patients, health care providers and families in Southeast Alaska.
Funds raised also help send children with diabetes to Camp K, located on Kenai Lake, where they will have a healthy diet, have medical attention, and learn how to manage their diabetes.
We start with 300 pounds of pork ribs that are donated by Teddy's Tasty Meats of Anchorage to the Alaska Diabetes Association who, in turn, donate them to us.
This year Randy, of Randy's Rib Shack, donated his time, grill, and expertise and smoked the ribs to perfection on a Traeger grill. And that barbecue sauce is to die for!
Other establishments in town donate as well -- Super Bear, the Brewery, and Food Services of America.
The Juneau Empire generously donates a week of free advertising for us.
For five hours, we have an opportunity to thank each and every person who has chosen to support us on this day with our fundraiser. And that's a good thing.