How Your Vote Can Help Stop Diabetes®

November 29, 2010

Today the American Diabetes Association announces it has been selected as a candidate in Members Project, a partnership between American Express and TakePart. A simple online vote at could make a huge difference in the lives of the nearly 24 million children and adults living with diabetes in the United States.

The public is encouraged to vote for the American Diabetes Association to be one of five organizations to receive $200,000 in funding from American Express. The funding will go to support research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; deliver services to hundreds of communities; and give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

“Diabetes is a growing epidemic and is taking a devastating physical, emotional and financial toll on our country,” commented Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association.  “Funding from Members Project would help the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to improve the lives of all those affected by diabetes and put us one step closer to stopping this disease once and for all.”

Members Project is a partnership between American Express and TakePart, a social action network. Members Project encourages everyone, including non-American Express® Cardmembers, to take his or her step and help support worthy causes and charitable organizations.

Those individuals who’ve registered at can vote for one organization every week from a list of up to 50 charities. Every three months, the votes are counted and five organizations in that round of voting will share a total of $1,000,000 in funding from American Express. Participants can also get involved by volunteering or donating. Members Project provides the platform to help make taking action easier with organizations like the American Diabetes Association.

Supporters of the American Diabetes Association can vote, volunteer or donate by visiting:

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)