State politicians have taken a big step forward in the fight against an increasingly common disease.
Governor Pat Quinn came to the Edward Outpatient Center in Plainfield to sign a law that will help raise awareness of diabetes. The bill passed through both the state house and senate unanimously as part of a continuous effort to improve healthcare in Illinois. Under the new law, November 14th will officially be Diabetes Awareness Day in the state.
“Wherever you live in Illinois, people band together and that’s what this bill is all about,” said Quinn. “We want to help our neighbor.”
“It really means a lot because it shows that they care and want to find a cause for diabetes to help all the people who have it,” said Naperville resident Stephanie Stadtherr, who has Type 1 Diabetes.
Quinn’s no stranger to diabetes, as his 94-year-old mother has the disease. Also diabetics are the two daughters of State Representative Tom Cross, who sponsored the bill.
“I very much appreciate that they’re here,” said Cross. “And I admire every day the strength of these two girls and all the others who struggle with Type 1 diabetes.”
Cross also said that by the year 2050, as many as 30% of Americans will have Type 2 diabetes.
In the meantime, the Edward Diabetes Center provides outpatient treatment and education to more than 600 patients every year.
“I think we need to raise the awareness of diabetes because it’s the leading cause of healthcare problems because many patients are diagnosed after having severe complications,” said Marylinn Dun, Director of the Outpatient Center for Edward Hospital. “So early awareness and treatment is very important.”
Representative Cross will return to the Edward Plainfield Outpatient center on November 17th to help host a free Diabetes Awareness Fair, just a few days after the now official Diabetes Awareness Day on November 14th.
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