thanks to Annabelle and the
great support of all people of SEGAS (from the coordinators to the
volunteers ) we made our dream come true : kids with type 1 diabetes
run a marathon ,run for their lives!! to
raise awareness about the growing incidence of type 1 diabetes among
today’s youth, and help the Care Cure Science Foundation and the
Kids Chain for Diabetes, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation International (JDRF) celebrate the advent of World
Diabetes Day on November 14
was impressed by the cooperation of the kids of all ages, their
excitement and their team spirit. Kids who did not make it because
of limitation in time and number of participants really regretted it
and they are looking forward to the next marathon!!
my part I have to congratulate Sofia Maneas ,the young girl with
type 1 diabetes who coordinated the Geek kids under the superb
guidance of George Doussios. I feel grateful to Professor
Christos Bartsokas,Honorary president of JDRF-Hellas, who
donated the ambulance following the kids during the whole marathon
and Dr Andriani Vazaiou who was taking care of them.
feel honored being a member of the JDRF Hellas team who helped
me experience this great event!!
, we will keep up this great spirit .I will have our kids get in
touch with your lovely kids as soon as we have the pictures of the
our next successful event
Makis Asimakopoulos, Ph.D.
Annabelle, Dear Ms. Mitrakou,
the completion of this year’s event, the best ever Athens Classic
Marathon in terms of participation numbers, sport records, runners
service quality, special events, educational and social awareness
programs, I would like to thank you for helping us to make the
difference this year.
knows that this initiative has your name ANNABELLE. You deserve most
of the credit out of this project! But as always in life, it takes
more than one to dance! So, you have found a great partner here in
, Ms. Mitrakou!
Without her the Greek kids would not be in it and then many others
would not be in it, etc., etc., etc……
of you have projected so much vision, persistence in, determination
and social sensitivity that made it impossible for us not to follow.
Congratulations and thanks to you, to the kids who believed in it and
made it a reality, to their parents, to the supporting
staff/volunteers and of course to the kind sponsors of this relay.
our side, from SEGAS, that would not be possible without George
Doussis to take it all on him and his team! He
was great and the most valuable player from our side. Bravo Yorgo!
has been a
volunteer all of his life. Thank you Dimitris!
have also been working with Maria Laladaki from Travel Plan for almost
18 months mow. She has never let us down. In the difficult business
and travel world, she is working in along with Ms. Spyrou, she found
the way to keep the project alive from her side. Thank you Maria and
Travel Plan team!
but not least, Ms. Angela Nikoli from Pfizer Hellas s.a., representing
the best possible way her kind company, was the key person for the
completion of the kind sponsorship by Pfizer Hellas s.a. Very special
thanks to you and you company Ms. Nikoli!
know that there more people in this and I would like to thank all of
them for this great initiative and success.
at your disposal,
Professor Stuart Brink,
President, International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent
Neuwsbericht 5 november 2007
from the ISPAD President's office. Job well done with
fantastic enthusiasm and hopefully worldwide messaging about the
importance of paying attention to children and adolescents with
diabetes all around the world in anticipation of the upcoming Unite
for Diabetes campaign and the first-ever World Diabetes Day. Special
thanks and kudos to Dr Annabelle Slingerland whose inspiration and
enthusiasm for this project made it happen in conjunction with all the
assistance from Holland and Greece.