My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, Inc., Ridgeland, MS, USA
My name is Rick Bosarge and I have lived with Diabetes for over 60 yers now. Several years ago my daughter called and informed me they had just diagnosed my first grandchild with diabetes. I was angry regarding this and soon after, grandchild Abigail approached me and said Paw Paw, I am going to be alright because I have you to help me.
Abigail and I with many members of our family signed up for the Coast Walk for Diabetes in Gulfport. During the walk we met other families dealing with diabetes and also met many working for the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. After this walk, Abigail and I were asked if we would serve as honorary chairpersons for next years walk. We both agreed.
Over the next years actively participated in events which included; lectures at local schools, educating school nurses, handing out backpacks and supplies, lectures to civic organizations, and attending and serving as a registered nurse at Camp KhanDo.
I grew up in a time when very little was known about diabetes. Working with these people and what they are sharing and bringing to these children and families is amazing. I was excited to know that I actually was participating to help make lives better.
It came time for our walk and that was an exciting day. Large turnout and from what I was told, a big success. Over the year I met numerous people, businesses, and organizations. Participated in several television interviews . Shortly after the walk, I was invited and voted to join the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Board of Directors. I was honored to say yes and currently sit on the board.
No one ever wants to be diagnosed with diabetes. It happens to someone everyday. The good news is we know how to care for them so much better and that person can do whatever they are willing to work to achieve. My years working with these people have been great. I know each of the ladies by name and whether they like hearing from me of not, I check in every couple of weeks just to see how they are doing. Mary, Irena, Hanna, Nicki, and my Ashley, please keep up the great work. Rick