Senator Edward Kennedy Honored With American Diabetes Association's Distinguished Service Achievement Award

December 5, 2008

The American Diabetes Association, the nation’s largest and leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced today that Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), received the Association’s prestigious Public Policy Leadership Award at the organization’s Community Volunteer Leadership Conference & Annual Meeting on November 23, 2008, in Tampa, FL.

The Public Policy Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact through public policy to improve the lives of people with diabetes and further the goals of the American Diabetes Association.

“On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, it is an honor to recognize the unparalleled contributions of Senator Ted Kennedy in the fight against diabetes,” commented R. Stewart Perry, Chair of the Board, American Diabetes Association. “For more than four decades Senator Kennedy has served as a steadfast protector of critical programs, civil rights and services that support our mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people living with diabetes.”

Senator Kennedy, the second most senior member of the Senate, has represented the people of Massachusetts since 1962. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, he has worked diligently to defend access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans. Additionally, Kennedy has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to protecting the rights of Americans with disabilities including leading the efforts toward passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act which was recently signed into law and working with the American Diabetes Association to defeat federal legislation that would have allowed federal pre-emption of state diabetes and other mandates.

In addition to his many victories for people with diabetes, Kennedy again delivered vital support when he voted in 2008 to re-authorize the Special Diabetes Programs under the Medicare package which included a two-year extension of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians and the Special Statutory Funding Program for Type 1 Diabetes Research. These two programs represent a significant contribution from the federal government to combat, prevent and cure diabetes. Previous funding has led to the real advances in many areas of type 1 diabetes research and significant increases in the availability of diabetes prevention and treatment services for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)