LAURIUM - There are a large number of people in the Copper Country dealing with diabetes, but Deborah Gruver and officials at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital think more information about the disease needs to be disseminated.
Gruver, manager of the AK diabetes clinic, said the health system is conducting its inaugural Keweenaw Cares About Diabetes fundraiser with entertainment Dec. 5 in the ballroom of the Calumet Theatre.
"We are trying to focus on (diabetes) education in the community," she said.
Tickets to attend the event cost $25 per person, Gruver said. Appetizers and a review of items for the silent auction will take place at 5:30 p.m., the opening act will begin at 6:45 p.m., a live magic and illusion show will start at 7 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m., there will be sweet treats available and the silent auction closes.
For tickets, call Beth Cook at 337-6078.
Gruver said about 10 percent of Keweenaw County residents have diabetes.
"It's a growing epidemic that has very little resources," she said.
The increase in rates of diabetes is caused by something preventable, Gruver said.
"The No. 1 reason for diabetes is obesity," she said. "We eat too much and we don't move enough."
In past years, Gruver said AK has conducted community walks and dinners for illnesses such as diabetes with a focus on people with the illnesses, but the purpose of the event at the Calumet Theatre is to expand the number of people they include.
"This year, we're trying to increase our target and include the community," she said.
Funds raised by the event will be used to help people with diabetes who may be underinsured or underserved, Gruver said.
The money will be used, also, to help buy insulin or equipment for people with diabetes and to buy monthly passes for the Aspirus Keweenaw Fitness Center in Laurium. There will be raffles once a month for those passes.
Cook should also be contacted by people who would like to donate items or services for the silent auction, Gruver said.
"That would be much appreciated," she said.