Driscoll Children’s Hospital staff came together this past Wednesday, Nov. 14, to celebrate World Diabetes Day. Diabetes and Endocrinology team members were on hand with patients, family, friends and city leaders to witness the Harbor Bridge lit up in blue, the color chosen by the International Diabetes Federation.
According to Jeffrey Panknin, Clinic Director, events like this help diabetic patients realize they are not alone.
“There are millions of people all over the world affected by diabetes,” said Panknin. “We want our patients, families and community to know that we love them, and are here to support and take great care of them.
“I’m really happy with the turnout of the event,” added Panknin. “Our team did an amazing job of setting it up and getting the word out.”
Driscoll Children’s Hospital sees more than 1,000 diabetic patients per year and expects that number to grow as more Endocrinologists come on board.
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006. It is marked every year on Nov. 14, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.
To learn more about the available services the Endocrine and Diabetes Center provides, visit http://www.driscollchildrens.org/specialty/endocrine-and-diabetes-center or call (361) 694-4986 for consultation, appointments and assistance.