USFSM and former Miss America host Walk to Cure Diabetes kick-off on March 9

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford, Nicole Johnson, and the Florida SuncoastChapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will host their final kick-off event for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.
The kick-off event is Wed. Mar. 9, 2011 and will begin at 9:30am in the Selby Auditorium at USFSM.  Nicole Johnson, Executive Director of USF Health’s “Bringing Science Home,” and former Miss America, earned a BA in English from the University of South Florida and is currently a doctoral student in the College of Public Health at USF.

Johnson, who won the Miss America title in 1999, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1993 and is now a diabetes advocate. She has served as an international consultant and spokesperson for diabetes issues for more than eleven years and has worked tirelessly promoting awareness, prevention and early detection of the disease.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and can be fatal. Every day, people with type 1 diabetes constantly test blood glucose levels and inject themselves with insulin shots to stay alive.  Even insulin is not a cure for diabetes, which is why people like Johnson and those at USFSM are participating in the
2011 Walk to Cure Diabetes and raising money and awareness for diabetes research.

To RSVP or for more information on USFSM’s kick-off event for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, contact pgleason@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4603.