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American Diabetes Association Honors Southeast Florida Community Leaders at the 11th Annual Valor Awards Luncheon

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Honorees include Karan Munuswamy, MD, Holy Cross Medical Group Cardiologist

Fort Lauderdale, FL- The American Diabetes Association held the 11th Annual Valor Awards Luncheon on Wednesday May 11, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. Gale Butler of AutoNation, Inc. and Tobie Englander Bagliebter of Tobie & Friends, Inc. co-Chaired the event and Kristi Krueger of Local 10 News returned as the Master of Ceremony. Top sponsors included AutoNation, Inc.; Memorial Healthcare System; Leo Goodwin Foundation; Wachovia – A Wells Fargo Company; D. Stephenson Construction; Tripp Scott, P.A.; BankAtlantic; Liberty Medical; Tobie & Friends, Inc.; Nova Southeastern University; Anesco North Broward LLC; Holy Cross Hospital; JM Family Enterprises, Inc; and the American Diabetes Association Achievement Award was sponsored by Nipro Diagnostics, Inc.

Each year the American Diabetes Association recognizes Broward community leaders who have given philanthropically of their time and resources to make our area a better place to live and work. The 2011 11th Annual Valor Award recipients were Marcia Barry Smith of BankAtlantic Foundation; President Richard Bowers of Seminole Tribe of Fla, Inc.; Spero Canton of Comcast Cable; Chairman Kathleen A. Durham of South Broward Hospital District; David Guzman of Wachovia-A Wells Fargo Company; Joan Kennedy of Liberty Medical; Jen Klaassens of The Wasie Foundation; Paul O. Lopez of Tripp Scott, P.A.; Dr. Irving Rosenbaum of Nova Southeastern University; and Neil Shoter of Shutts & Bowen, LLP.

An Achievement Award was given to Karan Munuswamy, MD of Holy Cross Medical Group for outstanding local and national leadership as the Broward County Chapter President of the American Diabetes Association.

Dollars raised from the Valor Awards Luncheon provides the necessary funding for diabetes research, community education, advocacy, and to help find a cure. Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the United States with 25.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes and almost 79 million who are pre-diabetic (blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes). Out of the 35% of Americans who have diabetes or pre-diabetes, one in four people are unaware that have it. Diabetes and complications due to this disease costs the United States $174 billion each year.

For more information on how to become involved in supporting the mission of the American Diabetes Association, please contact an ADA Representative at 954.772.8040.

To learn more about Dr. Karan Munuswamy, view his physician profile.

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