Diabetes Gal Around America!

My name is Angela Bridgman.   I am (virtually) walking AROUND the United States in order to raise money for CR3 Diabetes Association, an organization that supplies low/no-cost diabetes supplies to diabetics who are unable to afford their diabetic supplies.  CR3 Diabetes Association helps around the world!

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on March 31, 2015.  I am fortunate that I do not need insulin considering the cost.  For Type 1 Diabetics insulin is a life-necessary thing.  Many Type 2 Diabetics also need insulin.  I believe nobody should be denied access to insulin or other diabetic supplies simply because of they are un/under insured or have other financial hardships.  I believe that putting life-necessary items out of reach of those who need them is CRIMINAL!

For my own condition, I began to modify my diet and began walking for exercise.  Then I heard about Eric Hites, aka “Fat Guy Across America” and I got inspired!  What would it take I asked myself…to walk (virtually, of course) AROUND the United States?  I found the statistics I needed from atlases and determined it would take 19,017 miles – this would include Alaska and Hawaii as well as the continental United States.

So, for fun, I started logging my walking, using an app on my smartphone which uses GPS to measure the distance I am walking.  Feeling that it should be criminal for diabetic supplies to be denied to people who cannot afford them, I began to wonder if there was a way I could help.

To that end, I have teamed up with CR3 Diabetes Association, which was founded by Charles Ray III, who once struggled himself with the financial burden of diabetes.  The National Ambassador for this organization is star quarterback of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson.  Russell is also a former NCState Wolfpack alumnus.

I realize, of course, that without money, there is no research, no new medications, no new treatments, or even possibly a CURE one day.  Pricing diabetic supplies out of the reach of so many people who need them is not the answer and there HAS to be a better way!

Every cent raised by this campaign will go to CR3 Diabetes Association who does this very important work.  In fact, only THEY will have the ability to withdraw any funds from the GoFundMe Campaign.  The money raised will help support their work of supplying low/no-cost insulin, insulin pumps and other diabetic supplies to un- and under-insured people around the world so that they may have what they need to manage their condition and live a full productive life.

I will post weekly updates here.  I will post statistics and a map showing my progress.

I started this walk on July 9, 2015, on the NC/SC border.  It seemed a good place to start since I live in North Carolina.  I have – as of August 12, started to virtually walk along the Outer Banks of North Carolina…so far achieving 167.18 miles.

Nobody should be without life-necessary medication.  It should be criminal.  I was brought up to believe that, in America, we can do better!

I also seek to be an example and inspiration to diabetics everywhere, by showing there is NOTHING we cannot do!  I wish to combat the untrue and unfair stereotype that diabetics are “fat, lazy slobs” that brought this on themselves.  Modern research has shown that while four out of five Type 2 diabetics present as overweight or obese, the diabetes caused the overweight/obese condition…not the other way around!  It should be noted that 20 percent of diabetics are NOT overweight or obese!

We can, of course, manage our condition better through exercise, and, if necessary, losing weight, and that is why I am doing this.  Since my diagnosis, I have now lost 58.5 pounds and my blood glucose levels are under control.  However, there is no cure – I will always be a diabetic.

Join me on my journey, and help me to help others while I help myself!

Here is a link to the GoFundMe site: http://www.gofundme.com/4j7tyzqs

And here is a link to CR3 Diabetes Association: http://www.cr3diabetes.org

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