WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) -Raising money for such research prompted the Westfield Lions club to sponsor a fundraiser Sunday.
The Centennial Lions club of Westfield used the popularity of ballroom dancing as a means of raising money Sunday afternoon at the Shaker Farms Country Club.
We found that Diabetes has affected the lives of most people attending. 83-year-old Jim Gagnon of South Hadley has what’s called ‘controlled diabetes’.
Gagnon told 22News, “It means like being pregnant you can’t be almost a diabetic. You either are or you aren’t. And I don’t have to take medicine anymore.”
It became clear that if someone doesn’t have diabetes, they have a loved one who does, such as Elaine Roy.
“My grandson was diagnosed at six years old with type one diabetes. and now he’s seventeen dealing with this all these years and he goes to the doctor and the clinic for his care,” said Roy.
Roger Jones told 22News that he must keep track of his sugar level, and he often has to wake up in the middle of the night to administer insulin if he requires it.
“I’m on insulin in the morning, plus on pills at night to monitor if my sugar gets too low, I pass out almost,” said Jones.
Chicopee resident Raymond Paquette told 22News that he often wakes up in the middle of the night to pain in his feet.
“I get up in the middle of the night, a lot of pain in my feet, I’m retired now, I’m only 63,” said Paquette.
Sunday’s fundraising event comes in the wake of a sharp rise in the number of men, women, and children in Massachusetts suffering from Diabetes. Diabetes data reveals at least one in ten now suffers from this disease.