Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s Chief of Staff Thomas Ashe read a proclamation on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, declaring Springfield’s support for National Diabetes Awareness Month.
Municipal employees dressed down for the day, wearing denim and casual wear to show their support for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Amy Cutler’s 9-year-old daughter was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when she was five years old.
Amy has a message to all parents of Diabetic children, “Definitely you’re not alone, there’s a large community of us that are trying to help other families that are diagnosed. You’re not alone and you’re going to get through it.”
Millions of Americans are at risk of being diagnosed as having type one diabetes, for which there is treatment, but no cure. Symptoms are easily recognizable.
“Some of the signs of type one diabetes, extreme thirst, weight loss, a feeling of confusion and irritability,” said Danielle Cohen, Development Director for the Regional Chapter of JDRF.
With so much at stake, Mayor’s Chief of Staff Tom Ashe said it’s vital that municipal government involve itself with raising awareness to a condition that afflicts millions of Americans.