Diabetes 'fun'draising events Surge across Canada

    Canadian Diabetes Association launches summer campaign to raise
    $ 1 million in fight against diabetes epidemic

    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - This week, the Canadian Diabetes Association
launched the first-ever Diabetes Summer Surge to help fight the growing
diabetes epidemic.
    Around the world, more than 246 million people are living with diabetes.
Here in Canada, 3 million will have the disease by 2010. This summer alone,
50,000 more Canadians will be diagnosed with diabetes, and more than 10,000
will die from its complications. Diabetes is a leading cause of death by
disease in Canada - and it's every bit as serious as cancer and heart disease.
The time to take action is now.
    The Diabetes Summer Surge is a nation-wide movement to raise $1 million
for the Canadian Diabetes Association and help end diabetes.
    "This summer hundreds of Canadians will show their support for the fight
to end diabetes by joining the Diabetes Summer Surge," said Ellen Malcolmson,
President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association. "Joining is easy. Simply
adding a fundraising component to your summer activities will help us fight
the diabetes epidemic."
    Join the fight to end diabetes. Become a leader and take action by
holding your own summer event. Raise awareness, raise money and have fun! Add
the Surge to your summer and sign up now at diabetessummersurge.ca.
    The funds raised from our Diabetes Summer Surge campaign will go towards
providing leading-edge research, services, and essential programs to help the
millions of Canadians who are living with or affected by diabetes today.

    About the Canadian Diabetes Association

    The Canadian Diabetes Association works in communities across the country
to promote the health of Canadians and eliminate diabetes through our strong
nationwide network of volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals,
researchers, partners and supporters. In the struggle against this global
epidemic, our expertise is recognized around the world. Visit diabetes.ca or
call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

For further information:

For further information: Jeremy Brace, Canadian Diabetes Association,
(416)408-7071, jeremy.brace@diabetes.ca

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