On Saturday, November 17, 2012 The Diabetic Kitchen held our 3K Walk/Run for a Cure of Diabetes in New Iberia, LA. In lieu of the fact that there was a much larger walk taking place in the city, actually within a half-mile from where we were, our walk was very successful. We had about 55 people to participate in the actual walk, with about another fifteen or so people who simply came out to help and/or socialize.
It was a mildly cool morning, no wind, and plenty of positive and lively attitudes. Everyone came out to simply have a good time. It was our first walking event, and nothing else mattered to them. We had two water stations set-up for our walkers, and we also had fruits and veggies available after the completion of the walk.
In addition to “The Diabetic Kitchen’s walkers, we also had walkers who came and represented others in the community; Joe and Alma Olivier came with a group of walkers representing their son Derek Olivier who was shot and killed while at school at Arkansas Baptist College in September of this year. We had Carroll and Effie James, and their daughter, who walked in memory of their son who was also shot and killed about five-years-ago while in Houston, Texas attempting to purchase a vehicle. As a result of these two families and in memory of their children, we chose to dedicate our walk to their memories. We also had photo t-shirts with pictures of other youth and adults who have gone home to glory, and that was a good thing.
A special thanks goes out to my helpers: my wife Barbara, my mother, Virginia, Michael and Sandra Bourgeois, and Al Merrett for their assistance in organizing and carrying out the event. A very special thanks for Kaissy Hammer for helping me to develop the idea and putting together the resources needed to host the event.
As a result of this walk, I am very much excited and ready to begin planning for our next event. If you have an idea of something that you’d like to do, please share them with us.
I have also put together a tentative schedule for 2013 that I will mail to each member.
As we continue to meet and go about our daily activities, we must remember to keep God in the forefront of our plans. As we reach out to others we must also call upon the name of the Lord to help us. We can’t ever forget that we are Diabetic, nor can we set aside the fact that we are sick,
also. We just ask God to provide us with the strength that we are trying to instill in others. As is written:
“Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with My victorious right hand. Isiah 41:10
Guided by these words we will continue to walk in His Light.
Nathaniel Mitchell Sr., President