Diabetes Awareness Campaign: Trekking Along the Erie Canal.
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Walking for Health
Dudley Glover, an insulin-dependent diabetic with coronary heart complications, has launched another public awareness campaign as his personal effort to draw attention to the growing epidemic of diabetes. He’s trekking across upstate New York following the 360-mile trail of the Erie Canal as his personal effort to promote walking as a health benefit, especially for diabetics. His pathway through northern New York state winds through a network of busy urban areas and quiet rural villages which have evolved over almost two centuries in conjunction with this amazing, still active waterway.
Who
Sixty-year old Dudley Glover is a retired writer from the seacoast town of Newbury, Massachusetts, who became a long distance trekker in response to coronary heart disease resulting in bypass surgery. He is also the son of Ruth, his mother who died of diabetes — blind and on dialysis — and Mel, his father who died young of a heart attack. Now he understands the importance of testing his blood regularly, injecting insulin carefully, watching his diet closely, and walking faithfully.
What
Glover is traveling from Buffalo to Albany, carrying a laptop computer, digital camera and medical paraphernalia in his backpack. He records his stories for an Internet journal which will be posted eventually on his web site www.TrekkingAlong.org.
Where
The trek is taking Glover across the state of New York, paralleling Interstate 90 most of the way but using the centuries old tow paths of the Erie Canal when possible. The Canal system begins in downtown Buffalo and merges with the Hudson River at Waterford, near Albany.
Why
Glover is concerned about the growing diabetes epidemic. With this dramatic event he hopes to draw attention to the diabetic’s ability to lessen its ravages by walking before it’s too late.
When
Glover began October 1 and plans to complete the trip by November 14th, World Diabetes Day. His goal is to reach New York City for events of the American Diabetes Association at the UN. The ADA is launching a year-long campaign to address issues facing the world-wide diabetes epidemic
 
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