When you think of diabetes and those that have diabetes who do you think of? When I think of diabetes and those that had it I always think of little old ladies. Unfortunately it is not just little old ladies that are diagnosed with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association 20.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. 14.6 million of those people are aware they have diabetes, and sadly 6.2 million have no idea they have diabetes. There are 4,110 people that find out daily that they have diabetes. According to ADA statistics there were 1.5 million new cases of diabetes diagnosed in 2005 in people ages 20 years and older. In May of this year I joined those 20.8 million people that have diabetes. When I was first diagnosed I was confused, scared and embarrassed. I was confused and embarrassed because I though I was too young to have diabetes. Remember I thought only little old ladies get or have diabetes. I was scared because of all the horror stories you hear about people with diabetes. I decided to change things so I would not become one of those horror stories. With the staggering numbers above and my diagnoses I’ve decided to walk in the “Stepout to Fight Diabetes” walk on October 28 at COSI in Downtown Columbus. This walk is to raise money for diabetes research. The money raised will benefit everyone that has diabetes and help to prevent future cases of diabetes. Of those 1.5 million new cases diagnosed in 2005, one of those may have been someone you know. If you are interested in sponsoring me you can do it a couple of different ways. You can go on line to Tony's Tigers and in the middle of the page you will see a list of people that are on my team. If you click on my name it will take you to another page where you can add your donation or if you would like to give me a cash or check donation that would be fine also. On that same page if you are interested in joining my team and walking with us you can do that also and all the information is there. Thank you for your time and if you donate thank you for your donation all 20.8 million of us appreciate it.