Wendell Mayes Jr. Medal for Outstanding Service in the Cause of Diabetes
Darlene L. Cain
Darlene L. Cain from Portland, Oregon received the prestigious 2011 Wendell Mayes, Jr. Medal for Outstanding Service in the Cause of Diabetes in San Diego, California.
This prestigious award recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement in the cause of diabetes by a volunteer who is not a health care professional.
For more than 25 years, Cain has devoted her considerable passion to further the mission of the American Diabetes Association and has inspired countless people to do more and give more to stop diabetes.
In 1989, Cain founded and directed the Association’s Gala Auction in Portland, and she continues to chair this annual event, which has raised more than $10 million to date. In the early years of the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation, Cain served two terms on the Board of Directors and as Vice Chair for three years. She was Chair of the Board of the Association in 2007.
In addition to her Association activities, Cain volunteers for other organizations helping people with diabetes. She co-founded Dogs Assisting Diabetics, an organization that trains and places service dogs that alert their owners to low blood sugars. Because her son is a double amputee, Cain is active with the Amputee Coalition of America, which has as one of its missions the prevention and care of diabetes. Currently, Cain is chair of the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.