Miranda Leavitt was a true advocate for greater awareness and understanding of the disease that took her life at a young age. During November, many initiatives take place in support of World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month. The “Blue Fridays” project began five years ago as a way to bring people together and raise awareness about this growing global epidemic.
On Thursday, Nov. 12, the Shannon Door Pub in Jackson, NH is hosting a fundraiser for the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund. Between the hours of 4-11pm, they will donate $1 for each pizza sold to the fund which is part of the Memorial Hospital Foundation. The public is invited for live music, raffles and pizza for a good cause.
“Blue Fridays” in November is an opportunity for area businesses to take part in raising awareness and raising money for the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund. Businesses who agree to participate will be given special donation boxes, Blue November stickers and information on diabetes prevention and management. These businesses would share the diabetes educational materials with staff, then encourage their employees to make a voluntary donation every Friday in November in exchange for wearing blue jeans or blue attire to work for the day. Employees of Memorial Hospital and its practices will be participating. Businesses interested in participating should contact Kathy Bennett, VP of Community Relations, at (603) 356-5461, Ext. 2198.
Established in 2008 by Brenda and Richard Leavitt of Fryeburg Maine, the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund provides education, awareness and resources for people with diabetes in the community. Donations can be made by contacting the Memorial Hospital Foundation office, (603) 356-5461, ext. 2264 or donating online through the hospital’s website, MemorialHospitalNH.org.
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care and hyperbaric medicine center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.