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Team Diabetes Helps ADA Raise Funds & Community Awareness
Fundraising Events Include Swim Around Pennock & Marathon In Greece


July 14, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - Willie Schulz, a resident of Escondido, California, swam around Pennock Island on Sunday in 3 hours and 16 minutes. The eleven-mile swim was to help raise people's awareness of diabetes, to raise money for the American Diabetes Association and to honor his niece Melissa Schulz, a resident of Ketchikan, diagnosed with type I diabetes.

photo Team Diabetes Ketchikan, Alaska

Well wishers including Gretchen Klein and Jack Shay pose with Willie Schultz before he begins his swim around Pennock Sunday.
Schultz is pictured in the black shirt and cap.
Photo courtesy Team Diabetes

Schultz, a member of Team Diabetes, had originally planned to swim around Pennock on Saturday but weather changed the plans. Schultz was able to complete the eleven mile swim on Sunday with little difficulties encountered other than a few stings by jellyfish.

Schultz's goal was to raise $5,000.00 for the Alaska area of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In a letter he stated this money will support ADA's on-going community efforts in the areas of education, treatment and advocacy.

"I hope the swim will help raise people's awareness of diabetes in their community and at the same time raise money to help support the efforts of the American Diabetes Association (ADA)," wrote Schultz.

photo Klein & Schultz Ketchikan, Alaska

Team Diabetes Members Gretchen Klein and Willie Schultz...
Johnny Gibson generously donated his boat for the event.
Photo courtesy Team Diabetes

Ketchikan resident Gretchen Klein is also helping with fundraising for the American Diabetes Association. Klein, also a member of Team Diabetes, said her event will be the marathon in Athens, Greece on November 7th of this year.

Klein said their goal is to raise $10,000 and they have raised $3,000 to-date.

For anyone interested in participating, donations can be made to ADA or contact Gretchen Klein at 225-2072 or the Ketchikan Eagles for raffle tickets.



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