YMCA’s diabetes event helps local children and adults with disease

NORWICH – The Norwich YMCA's “Take a Shot at Diabetes” event, organized by three local men personally touched by the disease, was a community success. Funds were raised to send a local child to Camp Aspire for children diagnosed with diabetes, to donate several gas cards to adults with diabetes for their medical trips and to support diabetes education programs at the local YMCA.

Various community members and local businesses attended the event and donated to the cause including The Law Offices of Spence and Associates, UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, Chenango County District Attorney’s Office and many others.

The diabetes fundraiser was held at 5:30 p.m. last Saturday, March 28, at Canasawacta Country Club in Norwich. Attendees enjoyed drinks and socialized at the country club's bar before entering the dining room to enjoy a buffet of salad, pasta, chicken, pork chops, rice and vegetables.

While attendees enjoyed a healthy, diabetes-friendly dessert of fruit and Chobani yogurt, New Berlin NBT Bank Manager, Brian Burton, said he had the idea to help children diagnosed with diabetes after getting to know Shawn Sastri's son, also his son's friend, who was diagnosed with the disease.

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