On Tuesday, Cherokee Casino employees came together to support Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes. After raising funds through jeans days, cookbooks, raffles and many other internal staff fund-raisers for the past few months, their employees gathered together for one last fund-raiser, a company golf tournament! Cherokee Nation Enterprise CEO and Step Out Corporate Recruitment Chair, David Stewart, presented the American Diabetes Association with a check for $45,000 which was raised by the Cherokee staff team. All funds raised from Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes are used in support of the Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

“The American Diabetes Association is grateful to Cherokee Casino for their commitment to Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes,” said Emily McCready, Manager of the American Diabetes Association.  “Events like Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes not only raise funds for diabetes, they also create public awareness to the warning signs and complications of the disease.” 

“Cherokee Casino is so proud to raise funds to fight diabetes. Native Americans are almost twice as likely to develop diabetes and we must do all we can to move towards a healthy lifestyle and find a cure for this deadly disease,” said Stewart.

Nearly 24 million children and adults have diabetes, a disease that has no cure.  While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 5.7 million people are unaware that they have the disease.  

Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in America.  More than 213,000 Americans each year will die from its complications and 1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed just last year. The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information, and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the Association supports affiliate offices in every region of the country.