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[IP] Miss America

for those of you following Miss America:

> Subject: 
>         Miss America 1999, National Celebrity Spokesperson and...
>   Date: 
>         Wed, 7 Oct 1998 12:05:17 EDT
>   From: 
>         email @ redacted
> Miss America 1999, National Celebrity Spokesperson and Advocate for Juvenile
> Diabetes Foundation International (JDF) Launches National Diabetes Platform on
> Capitol Hill
> WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Miss America, Nicole Johnson, who was
> crowned on a platform of diabetes awareness, launched her national diabetes
> initiative from Capitol Hill today with support from the Speaker of the House
> Newt Gingrich, the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, the Juvenile Diabetes
> Foundation International (JDF) and others.  Miss Johnson, a National Celebrity
> Spokesperson and Advocate for JDF, announced the focus of her year-long
> speaking tour as an advocate for diabetes issues, calling for early detection,
> testing and diagnosis.  Ms. Johnson was diagnosed with Type 1, or juvenile,
> diabetes when she was 19 years old.
> "Our new Miss America lives with diabetes everyday.  And I also know too well
> how this debilitating disease affects those who suffer from it.  My daughter,
> Casey, has Type 1 diabetes and our challenge at JDF is to find and fund the
> research that will put an end to diabetes for Miss America, my daughter, and
> the millions of others who suffer from this deadly disease," said Robert Wood
> Johnson IV, Chairman of JDF International.
> Miss America plans to spend her year encouraging all Americans to learn more
> about diabetes, support programs that advocate early detection and testing,
> but also those that advance effective treatment and a cure.  "I will encourage
> parents to learn the early warning signs of the disease, demand testing when
> necessary, and begin care for their children immediately.  In addition, I will
> encourage physicians and other medical professionals throughout the country to
> educate their patients, more readily administer blood glucose tests when the
> disease is suspected, and provide affordable care to all people with
> diabetes," said Miss Johnson.
> "We applaud Miss America as she begins her important year-long effort to help
> focus national attention on diabetes.  She is a strong role model and a strong
> ambassador.  There is a cure for this disease, and together we will find it,"
> added Mr. Johnson.
> Type 1 diabetes is caused by the autoimmune destruction of the beta cells
> (insulin-producing cells) of the pancreas and is usually, though not always,
> diagnosed in childhood.  People with Type 1 must take insulin just to stay
> alive, but insulin is only life support until a cure is found.
> JDF is the world's leading nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of diabetes
> research.  It was founded in 1970 by parents of children with diabetes.  Its
> mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the
> support of research.  To learn more call 1-800-JDF-CURE of visit the
> Foundation's website at: www.jdfcure.org.
> SOURCE  Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International  
> CO:  Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International
> ST:  District of Columbia

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