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The Carousel of Hope Ball
By Brenda Hitchcock

As the editor of Children with Diabetes, Jeff received an invitation from Robert Oringer of CanAm Care to attend the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, California, the premier fund raiser for the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. The two of us were honored to attend the event on October 23. The star-studded gala raised $6.2 million to help fund the center, which conducts research and sees patients from all over the United States.

Before the gala dinner, a silent auction was held. Many of the available items had been offered by some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, and Will Smith. In addition, athletes such as Michael Jordan and Hank Aaron had autographed items available. We bid on several items, but were out-bid on all but one.

Mrs. Barbara Davis began the night with a brief history of her daughter Dana's diagnosis 23 years ago and the subsequent creation of the Center in Denver, where no appropriate care for Dana had previously existed. Both Mrs. Davis and her husband spoke of the hope that a cure is on the horizon, a hope we all share.

The evening was filled with plenty of star watching as well, with dozens of the biggest names in show business in attendance. We also had the pleasure of meeting two important people working toward our goal of finding the cure for diabetes: Miss America Nicole Johnson and John Ratzenberger, star of the television show Cheers and the father of an 11 year old son with diabetes. Miss Johnson gave a brief speech on her diagnosis and thanked the attendees for their contributions. Mr. Ratzenberger has been working with the JDF for several years to raise money to find a cure.

In sum, it was a once in a lifetime experience that we will long remember.

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  The Editor with Miss America 1999
The Editor with Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999

The Editor with John Ratzenber
The Editor with John Ratzenber, his daughter, and Melissa Jacobs from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Robert Oringer and Scott King
Robert Oringer, our host, with Scott King, publisher of Diabetes Interview

Posted 29 October 1998

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