Golf benefit funds support diabetes partnership

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Neighbors | Submitted.Dr. Michelle Anania was awarded an honorary plaque from Ed Hassay, President of the Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley, for her dedication and support.

Many patients who receive care at Ankle & Foot Care Centers suffer from diabetes.

The disease, affecting people of all ages, often leads to severe conditions of the feet. To support local diabetics and their caregivers, Ankle & Foot has organized a golf outing fund-raiser every year since 1999. The doctors recently presented the Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley, with a $15,200 check from proceeds of the golf benefit.

The practice appreciates the partnership’s work because “100 percent of the money goes to supporting those affected with diabetes, and it stays here in the Mahoning Valley, unlike other organizations,” said Dr. Michelle Anania, the Ankle & Foot physician who leads the golf benefit and works closely with the partnership.

The partnership was formed seven years ago to provide education, information, resources and support to minimize the effects of the disease on local diabetics and their caregivers.

Ed Hassay, partnership president, noted that the partnership’s efforts include, connecting diabetics and their families with healthcare providers, educators and other diabetes support personnel and facilities; working with businesses that manufacture and distribute diabetic equipment and supplies to explore assistance to those in need; educating those involved with diabetics including teachers, employers, restaurant owners and others to the plight and needs of the diabetic as they interact with them.

The partnership donates much of its funds to the Midlothian Free Health Clinic, located at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Avenue in Youngstown.

The clinic provides free primary, preventative and educational health care to people ages 18-64 who meet income qualifications and do not have health insurance.

“The diabetic program offered to the uninsured greatly helps those who could not afford this care otherwise,” Hassay said.

Last year, the partnership awarded five scholarships and earlier this year it awarded six scholarships to college-bound Type 1 diabetics in honor of Jean Rider, a board member and a Type 1 diabetic.

“Ankle & Foot Care Centers came along some years ago and agreed to sponsor us, and has been a major contributor to the Diabetic Partnership of the Mahoning Valley ever since,” Hassay said. “The proceeds from Ankle & Foot help us to support the Midlothian Free Health Clinic, which saves lives of people every day with diabetic supplies. The money we give them does great things.”

Funds raised by the partnership are managed by the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.

More information about the group is available at diabetespartnershipmv.com.

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