The Diabetes Community Loses a Valued Friend
Yesterday the diabetes community lost a valued friend when Ron Santo passed away at the age of 70. While most people know him as a great baseball player and broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs, Mr. Santo battled diabetes since being diagnosed at age 18. Although he did not have access to the great tools and drugs we have available today, Santo rarely missed a game and is widely considered the best third baseman not to be in the Hall of Fame.
Perhaps not so well known was the incredible work Santo did in raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). A strong diabetes advocate Santo raised millions of dollars to help the JDRF in their quest to find a cure.
To Diabetic Investor Santo offered a great example of how diabetes does not have to be a disability and that a person can live a full and productive life even when they must deal with the daily grind of managing their diabetes. Santo truly exemplified what Diabetic Investor has been stating for years, in that; most patients want to live their lives with diabetes and not for their diabetes.
Hopefully the Baseball Hall of Fame will rectify their mistake and provide Santo’s family with the honor this man earned during his playing days. Additionally we hope that Santo’s outstanding work and dedication raising money and awareness to fight diabetes will be carried on as well. Major league baseball, the Chicago Cubs, their many loyal fans and the diabetes community lost a legend yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Santo family.