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Jennie Edmundson Foundation Sponsors Living Well with Diabetes Wellness Fair: July 23

Published: July 13, 2016

Jennie Edmundson Foundation is sponsoring the “Living Well with Diabetes” Wellness Fair, which will be held on Saturday, July 23, at the Iowa Western Community College Aviation Building (near the Council Bluffs Airport).   This event is designed to increase awareness and educate the community about how to live a healthy, active life with diabetes.

The event format consists of a continental breakfast followed by the speakers. Vendor booths will be open from 8 a.m. - noon to allow attendees to visit them during and between speakers.


Douglas Cairns

In 1989, Douglas lost his military fast-jet flying career when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 25. At present the US is the only country in the world that can issue a medical license to individuals with Type 1 Diabetes to exercise full Private Pilot License privileges. He aims to show that it is possible for such licensed pilots to fly safely according to US FAA regulations. Overall, Douglas wants to show that clinical conditions such as Diabetes should not limit the scope of people's dreams. Currently he holds the World Record for an Around The World Flight (taking off and landing in Council Bluffs!) in 2010. He has also landed in all 50 states in a record time of 5 days and 15 hours. Douglas also holds five world speed records, two US transcontinental records and a record setting flight to the North Pole in 2011.

Kyle Rose

Founding member, director and former cyclist for Team Type 1 Cycling Team. This organization uses professional and amateur athletes to raise diabetes awareness globally and instill hope and inspiration in patients and their families. They do so via grass-root activities and as well as through patient outreach by competing in major cycling competitions around the world. Kyle is also the founder of Delta PM Diabetes which focuses on chronic disease management in heath career.

Chef Robert Lewis

Chef Robert graduated in 1976 from the Prestigios Culinary Institute of America and in 1998 he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Thus began his motivation to create great tasting dishes that are easy to prepare! He has worked with Al Roker, Richard Simmons and Lee Iacocca and is currently producing a reality TV show called “Cooking Across America”. His recipes celebrate great tasting food that both diabetics and non-diabetics can enjoy.

And a Panel of Experts

Such as an endocrinologist, wound care specialist, ophthalmologist, diabetes specialist, podiatrist, nutrition expert and more to answer any questions concerning diabetes.

Website & Event Flyer with Details

For the event flyer with cost and registration information, click here.

For the website, click here.


If you have any questions, contact Chriss Lilleskov at 712-396-6346 or @email