Sharing Their Vision to Stop Diabetes®

January 10, 2011

Now that movie award season is in full swing, the American Diabetes Association is inviting the public to become a film critic.  Between now and January 24, the public is invited to vote for the three finalists, which includes the grand-prize winner in the Share Your Vision to Stop Diabetes® video contest.  The video contest is sponsored by VSP® Vision Care and the public can vote at

During American Diabetes Month® last November, people from around the country created 30-second videos on why they wanted to Stop Diabetes. The top 10 videos have been selected and now it is the public’s turn to decide who will be the winner.  The top three finalists will receive an Apple® iPad®.  In addition, the grand-prize winner will receive the opportunity to be a part of a Stop Diabetes public service announcement.

“These videos are powerful and capture the many reasons why we need to Stop Diabetes,” commented Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. “So many talented people have submitted compelling stories showing how diabetes has made an impact in their world.”

The Share Your Vision to Stop Diabetes finalists are:

• Laurie Basloe, Brooklyn, NY

• Max Gabbay, Gaithersburg, MD

• Kenneth Garner, Madison, TN

• Bethany Hughes, Staunton, VA

• Brett Roberson, Phoenix, AZ

• Toby Smithson, Vernon Hills, IL

• Anna Katherine Tollett, Ruston, LA

• Rebekah Tripp, Sherman Oaks, CA

• Maria Wagner, Pittsburgh, PA

• Rachel Wright, Littleton, CO


Voting closes on January 24, 2011 at midnight EST. The winners will be announced on January 31.

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)