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Eagles Auxiliary Donates to Childhood Diabetes Prevention Project 

Sharon Riley (left) and Viola Gumm (right) of the Eagles Auxiliary present donation to diabetes educator Deb Hull (center).The Grand Fraternal Order of the Eagles Charity Foundation awarded $1000 to the St. Francis diabetes prevention program, “A Journey with Joe into Diabetes”.

Sharon Riley, a member of the Maryville Eagles Auxiliary, was instrumental in submitting the application and receiving funds for the project. “Diabetes runs in our family and I know the destruction it can cause,” she said.

St. Francis is focused on helping children understand diabetes and empowering them with the tools to help prevent Type 2 diabetes.  The DVD, “A Journey with Joe into Diabetes,” not only teaches viewers about diabetes and its prevention, but also creates positive behavior changes that help lower the viewers’ risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

“If current trends continue, one out of three children in our school systems will develop diabetes in their lifetime,” said Debra Hull, RN, BS, producer of the DVD. “We must take intentional action to help children change behavior patterns that contribute to the development of diabetes.”

To date, the DVD has been provided to every 5th and 6th grade classroom in a seven-county area in Northwest Missouri. The donation from the Eagles will help to reach more children.

The Eagles organization has also provided ongoing support to diabetes education and prevention through their financial contributions to the new Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

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