Join Us in The Fight Against Diabetes
Did you know diabetes (Type I & II) is increasing in every country in the world? In the United States alone nearly 10% of the population has diabetes and that number is growing rapidly. Recent survey data estimate that 8.3% of the adult population in Maine has been diagnosed with diabetes.
In addition, an estimated 3.1% of Maine adults have diabetes but do not know it.
Gagne and Son is a family business that specializes in Maine-made masonry, hardscape, natural stone and precast for construction, professionals, and homeowners.
Gagne & Son and their eight locations will be hard at work throughout the winter and spring show season highlighting the raffle. 100% of all the proceeds will go to The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund and the fight against diabetes. Gagne and Son, Inc plan to promote and generate awareness of diabetes in all six of the Home Shows they will be participating in throughout Maine and New Hampshire. The winner of the natural stone patio will be drawn at the last show of their spring season; the Northern NE Home Garden Flower Show at Fryeburg Fairgrounds, May 17-19 on Sunday May 19th at 2 p.m.
The Northern NE Home Garden Flower Show in Fryeburg has been a strong supporter of The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund from the beginning. When show producer, Karla Ficker, became aware that one of her exhibitors, Gagne and Son, wanted to find a way to help adults and children afflicted with diabetes she put them in touch with The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund. Michael Michaud, a longtime employee of this Maine based company is dealing with Type II Adult Onset Diabetes and through his drive and determination to heighten awareness, Gagne and Son Inc. was eager to help with a fundraiser by offering to raffle off one of their beautiful natural stone patios.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower extremity amputations and new cases of blindness. It is also a major cause of heart disease and stroke and is the 7th leading cause of death in Maine. Unless diabetes prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment are drastically improved, the world faces a global pandemic. Estimates reveal that the number of Americans with diabetes will increase by over 80% by 2030. Now that should be a wake-up call!
In 2008 a group of dedicated friends founded The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund. Miranda was a vibrant, athletic 13 years old when she was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile diabetes. For the next 9 years Miranda dedicated herself to teaching others about her disease. Her greatest dream was to find a way to assist and help fund families in need, especially in NH and Maine. Miranda lost her battle at the tender age of 22 in 2007 but her dream and mission lives on through The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund. This small yet mighty group has successfully raised well over $30,000 through local fundraising efforts and more importantly have helped to heighten awareness in the past four years. Miranda’s fund is administered by White Mountain Community Health Center in Conway, NH – a non-profit organization. School educational programs on prevention of Type 2 as well as local community testing for diabetes are provided through these funds and more.
If you would like your business to be a part of this fundraising event please call Mike at 207-495-3313 or email him email@example.com.
The raffle will begin prior to their first show, The Maine Home Remodeling & Garden Show, February 16 & 17 at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Raffle tickets will be sold at all of the Gagne & Sons eight store locations in Maine as well as at their booths in six Home Shows throughout Maine and New Hampshire. Please visit their website at www.gagneandson.com for a complete list of show dates for Gagne & Son.