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Andrea Roane, Monika Samtani, Jessica Doyle Tell Their Personal Stories About Diabetes

10:40 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- 9News' Andrea Roane, Monika Samtani and Jessica Doyle are honored to again emcee the Step Out Walk To Stop Diabetes at National Harbor.

They personally invite you to join their efforts to help stop a disease that afflicts 26 million Americans, an epidemic that continues to grow.

Why are Andrea, Monika and Jessica so involved with fighting diabetes? The reason couldn't get much more personal.

"It's all about family," says Andrea. Her mother has combated her diagnosis in recent years by making major lifestyle changes, such as losing 30 pounds. Today, her diabetes is under control.

Monika's father, a doctor, also suffers from diabetes. His recent lifestyle changes have involved getting more active. Monika says proudly, "he joined a gym!"

It's been a year since Jessica lost her father to diabetes. He spent nearly four decades managing his disease and suffered many complications from the illness including peripheral neuropathy, which caused him to lose all of the feeling in his feet and nearly constant shooting pains in his legs, blindness, bypass surgery on four blocked coronary arteries after a heart attack, kidney failure and an eventual partial leg amputation.

It's not to late for you to join Andrea, Monika and Jessica's team, Daddy's Girls, or to start your own team for the 5K Step Out Walk To Stop Diabetes on Saturday, October 20. The location is National Harbor Plaza. Registration and check-in opens at 8am. The program starts 9:30am and the walk will begin at 10am.

For more information, call 1-888-DIABETES.