This week is the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Appreciation Week (NVAW), a time when we at the American Diabetes Association (Association) acknowledge the distinguished volunteers who bring our mission to life all over the country.
During NVAW 2014, we’d like to recognize one of our star volunteers who has gone above and beyond to help all of those affected by diabetes: Grammy Award winner Lil Jon. For him, raising awareness of diabetes is a personal mission, just as it is for so many others.
Before Lil Jon’s mother had a stroke due to type 2 diabetes complications, he was in the dark about the disease. “I just never knew anything before she had a stroke,” he says. “I didn’t even know that people with diabetes had strokes or kidney failure or heart disease. I didn’t know the history of the disease, or that it’s a lifelong disease.” After learning how important prevention and management is for type 2, he was armed and ready to get this information out to the public.
That’s why he rejoined the cast of NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” in 2013, this time competing with the Association as the charity of his choice. By sharing his mother’s story and promoting the Association’s Diabetes Risk Test and research programs, as well as its services for people living with diabetes, Lil Jon earned a total of $195,000 to help Stop Diabetes