Mercy Health Foundation and Mercy Diabetes and Nutrition Center will host its inaugural “Stick It to Diabetes” event, presented by BBC Electrical Inc., at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 3 in the Mercy Conference Center at Mercy Hospital Joplin.
Local restaurants and vendors will prepare a delicious, diabetes-friendly recipe for guests, but there’s a catch … everything must be on a stick!
The food will be prepared by Mythos, Crabby’s, Club 1201, Wilder’s and others. Special guests – Mercy patients who “stuck it to diabetes” – will share their stories about the challenges local diabetic patients face. The event will be emceed by Fox 14’s Mike Olmstead and will feature giveaways and information.
“We are so excited about ‘Stick It to Diabetes,’” said Dr. Gretchen Shull, Mercy endocrinologist and diabetes medical director. “Diabetes is a growing issue in our community, yet there is relatively little awareness or education for people suffering from this disease. That’s why ‘Stick It’ is so important to me. It will allow us to expand the number of people we’re able to help, while raising awareness of the impact diabetes has on not only individual patients, but our community as a whole.”
The foundation is selling individual tickets to the event for $60. Individual tickets for Mercy Diabetes and Nutrition Center Patients are $40. Proceeds go to Mercy Health Foundation’s Diabetes Fund to help provide equipment, programs, education and resources to benefit area diabetes patients. Contact Mercy Health Foundation at 417-556-2267 to purchase a sponsorship or individual tickets.
“We are extremely pleased to host this event to support our diabetes and nutrition center. The generosity of our sponsors and donors will help Dr. Shull and her team to continue the significant work they are doing to help fight diabetes and improve our community’s health,” said Miranda Lewis, director of development, Mercy Health Foundation.
In advance, the foundation would like to thank all of its current and future sponsors who make all the difference to their patients.
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Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.