Local Lions Roar For Diabetes Awareness
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Group photo of Lions who either worked the Lions' Race Crew, volunteered at the Lions' Water Station, or covered the 13.1 mile race course on foot.
Lions Club members from across the state of Tennessee and other volunteers participated in The Middle Half Marathon in Murfreesboro on October 16.

Woodbury Lions participating at the Lions' Water Station included Carl Hirlston, Patty Hirlston, Ken McIntyre, Artie Jean McIntyre, Leo Ashley Swoape, and Leo Caytrin Swoape.  Ashley and Caytrin's sister Samantha Swoape worked at the Water Station also.  Lion Cliff Swoape, currently serving as the District Governor for District 12-S, walked 13.1 miles for Diabetes Awareness.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  Thank you for your assistance in showcasing the hard work of our Lions and fellow volunteers from across the state of Tennessee!

Fourteen individuals agreed to walk or run 13.1 miles as a “Strides Walk” activity to increase diabetes awareness and promote healthier lifestyles. In addition, 43 others manned the Lions’ race crew and water station that day.

“All participants were taking action to provide information to the public about a health condition that greatly impacts our local communities,” said Julie Atkins, Multi-District 12 Diabetes Awareness & Action Chairperson for the state of Tennessee. “Those present on race day represent an organization that boasts nearly 6,000 members state-wide at this time.”

“Money raised through this project will allow Lions to meet pressing needs in our community by educating the public on the early symptoms of diabetes that are often overlooked,” said Atkins. ”Funds will also be used to assist those with diabetes in accessing needed eye care. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in civilized areas of the world.”

Atkins noted that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. “We want to encourage local communities to have monuments or places of business light up in blue to recognize World Diabetes Day on November 14. Every building and every community that chooses to participate helps bring hope to those living daily with diabetes,” she said.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.  

For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the organization’s website at  www.lionsclubs.org.  For more information on diabetes, visit the District 12-S Lions website at  www.lions12s.org/Diabetes.
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