My mother, Dorothy Marie Kinnard, lost her battle to diabetes on September 3, 2011 after many years of struggling with this debilitating disease. Her untimely death at the age of 62 was not only the biggest devastation of my life but it compelled me to explore why so many people struggle with this malady. After much thought and many prayers behind the loss of my mother, I began my personal journey on what could be done to help improve the fight against diabetes.
One of my mother’s most amazing qualities was her selfless love for others. She felt a great need to help others and spent most of her life doing so. In an effort to continue her legacy of helping others, I established a foundation in her honor. In 2012, the Dorothy Marie Kinnard Foundation was created to help individuals struggling with diabetes better understand how to deal with it through education and better lifestyle choices.
Each year, millions of people develop diabetes. Even more troubling, many people have the disease and don’t even know it. And like mom, many will die too young unless we ban together to help put a stop to this escalating health crisis.
Please join me in the effort to help combat the spread of diabetes. Your voice, your time and your donations can help make the difference!
Rhea W. Kinnard