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health & wellness

Daitches To Be Feted
At Diabetes Event

A Cure from page 53

research:'
He said that every time he vis-
its Israel, he sees a willingness to
chart new territory.
"The term is a pioneering spirit,"
Norton said. "It takes confidence
in yourself, confidence in your
peers and the courage to move
into the unknown. I feel that spirit
in Israel: 'We can do it; let's get it
done:"

Prevention Is Still Key

Although studies are bringing
new facts to light, basic preven-
tion is important as well, agreed
the researchers at the conference.
People all over the world are not
exercising enough; smokers tend
to have more difficulty with any
type of cancer; and, for breast-
cancer prevention and detection,
yearly testing is vital although
researchers' recommendations
vary as to when women should
start. Typically, they argue, women
should begin to have mammo-
grams between the ages of 40-50.
"If your goal, as a woman, is
to minimize the risk of dying of
breast cancer, you should get annu-

al mammograms," Norton advised.
Early detection isn't just for
women. Genetic tests indicate that
although far fewer men have breast
cancer, they are just as likely as
women to have a recurrence of the
disease.
"The big problem with men is
that most of them don't know they
have breasts, and they don't know
what that lump is," Norton said.
"They think it's benign, and it's
caught late:'
Researchers don't have all the
answers about where their cur-
rent work will take them. But they
do have a goal, said M.D. Geffen
from Soroka: They want cancer
to become a chronic disease —
something that can be managed
throughout a long life.
Right now, more than half of
breast cancer patients reach old
age, and scientists want those
numbers to increase.
"People live with diabetes and
hypertension," he said. "We want
the same for cancer patients — to
have long, productive lives. And
with breast cancer, we're closer
than with other cancers:'

E

ach day, approximately 80 people
in the United States learn they have
type 1 diabetes (T1D), an autoim-
mune disease that causes the pancreas to stop
producing insulin. For the rest of their lives,
they must closely monitor their blood sugar
and insulin levels.
Marvin and Lauren Daitch of West
Bloomfield are very familiar with T1D. Their
son Josh was diagnosed more than 20 years
ago and is now one of the 3 million individu-
als living with the disease.
The Daitches have been fiercely dedicated
to the mission of the JDRF Metro Detroit &
Southeast Michigan Chapter, part of the lead-
ing global organization funding T1D research
for treatments or a cure.
The couple's hard work has earned them
recognition from JDRF with the prestigious
Jane Jospey Cobb Promise Award, which will
be presented at the Chapter's annual Promise
Ball Superheroes Gala on Friday, May 2.
This honor acknowledges their time, ener-
gy, financial support and relentless advocacy
on behalf of JDRF.
Though retired, Marvin sits on the JDRF
International Board of Directors' Marketing
and Development Committee; he works to
advance JDRF's visibility as the leading non-
governmental funder of T1D research. He also
has served in volunteer leadership roles for
JDRF, including chapter board president from

Marvin and Lauren Daitch

2011-2013.
Jim Slaughter, regional director of JDRF
Midwest Region, said, "Mary works nonstop
for JDRF. There isn't a time or moment when
he isn't thinking about JDRF and finding a
cure:'
"Whatever success I've had as a volunteer
with JDRF is not just attributable to me but
to a great JDRF staff and fantastic volunteers:'
Marvin said.
Equipped with experience, sharp business
skills and professional acumen, Marvin is
focused on improving the chapter's market-
ing, promoting the JDRF mission and educat-
ing people on the realities of T1D.
The Daitches will continue their work
toward a cure, but they know it can't be done
alone. "Public awareness will generate funds,
which will support research, which will even-
tually find that cure," he said.



The Promise Ball is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 2,
at the MGM Grand, Detroit. Go to www.
jdrfdetroitpromisebalLorg for details.



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