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Published on October 19, 2016

Cynthia Wright, RN, CDE, CTTS, to be Recognized as American Diabetes Association (ADA) Distinguished Certified Diabetes Educator at Gala & Awards Dinner

Honorees to be recognized by American Diabetes Association for contributions to diabetes research and education.

West Philadelphia, PA (October 19, 2016) – The American Diabetes Association (Association) will recognize Cynthia Wright, RN, CDE, CTTS, Certified Diabetes Educator at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, and other extraordinary individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight against diabetes at the Unmasking Diabetes Gala & Awards Dinner hosted by NBC10’s Monique Braxton, at National Constitution Center on Independence Mall on October 27 at 6 p.m.

Ms. Wright will be receiving the ADA Distinguished Certified Diabetes Educator Award. She has assisted more than 2,000 patients in her 16 years as a Certified Diabetes Educator, recognizing early on in her nursing career the many needs of the adult population where she lived and worked. She has become well known by physicians within the community because of her positive impact on the lives of their diabetes patients and their marked improved outcomes.

"I'm very blessed to receive this honor," says Ms. Wright. "Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is so close with the community and I'm grateful to be a part of it every day."

The evening will include a silent auction, live music and a keynote delivered by Tony Award winner Ben Vereen. The legendary entertainer was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in December 2007 and now speaks out about his experience and educates others on the symptoms.

“The Gala allows us as an organization to acknowledge some outstanding individuals and corporations who stand side-by-side with the American Diabetes Association in our efforts to improve the lives of all people affected by this complicated and, at times, devastating disease,” said Kevin Kelly, Area Executive Director of the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware market of the nonprofit. “They are an invaluable asset to the Association.”

In addition to recognizing the honorees, the Association will posthumously honor former Association Community Leadership Board Chair, Michael Daly, whose family will be in attendance.

“Mike was a natural leader, whose judgment, counsel, generosity and selflessness provided an exemplary model for us all to emulate,” said Joseph McHale, current Board Chairman. “Mike’s advice to his family, ‘Never underestimate the impact you can have on someone’s life,’ is advice we can all take to heart as we battle this disease.”

The evening’s sponsors include Novo Nordisk, Sanofi, Independence Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Keystone First, Jefferson Health, PwC, Nutrisystem, Stradley Ronon, Aquipt, Penn Endocrinology, the Philadelphia Business Journal, NBC10, and Buzzworthy Photography.

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