Volunteers in MN-5 met with Congressman Ellison at the annual Ellison Labor Day BBQ at the Minnehaha Falls Park Wabun Picnic Area for the JDRF 2011 Promise Campaign.
The volunteers were Carol Engelman, RN CDE with HealthPartners, Timothy Hopkins, and Gene and Anita Martinez. Tim and Anita have been Type 1 for several decades, Carol works with many Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics at Health Partners. Gene was a delegate for Congressman Ellison in his first election to Congress, is a JDRF volunteer/supporter and a Sr. Public Policy Advocate for Arc Greater Twin Cities. Tim and Anita are members and volunteers for A-POD, A Partnership of Diabetics, which is an initiative to help the underserved with information about how to manage diabetes. We also took the opportunity to let Congressman Ellison know about A-POD Founder Bob Albee, who has secured the re-opening of the Phillips Community Center so that people can drop in and talk to others with diabetes and have access to resources and education about diabetes self-management. A-POD is funded by The Backyard Initiative by the Allina Health Systems, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi Aventis. All the JDRF Promise Campaign volunteers are residents of Minneapolis.
The information packet was given to aide Liz Young and the meeting was scheduled by Trayshana Thomas. Pictures of JDRF volunteers thanking Congressman Ellison for his enthusiastic and consistent support of NIH funding for the Special Diabetes Program.