2002-09-07 / Community

‘Drive Out Diabetes’ License Plate Unveiled

‘Drive Out Diabetes’ License Plate Unveiled

‘Drive Out Diabetes’ License Plate Unveiled

Governor George E. Pataki recently unveiled a "Drive Out Diabetes" custom license plate available to New York State motorists that will help raise funding to support the nonprofit efforts of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in their efforts to conquer this insidious disease," Governor Pataki said. "The new ‘Drive Out Diabetes’ license plate will help call attention to this serious disease, while also providing crucial support to fund necessary research and public education efforts."

"We are pleased to help the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in their efforts to conquer this insidious disease," Governor Pataki said. "The new ‘Drive Out Diabetes’ license plate will help call attention to this serious disease, while also providing crucial support to fund necessary research and public education efforts."

Senator John Kuhl, Jr. said, "It’s striking that nearly 500,000 New Yorkers with diabetes remain under-diagnosed and, consequently, untreated. I’m extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to sponsor this initiative to promote diabetes research and education. Under Governor Pataki’s leadership, I’m confident that our efforts to address diabetes in New York State will be greatly enhanced.

Both the JDRF and the ADA assisted the State Department of Motor Vehicles in designing the colorful new plate, which will have an annual fee with proceeds benefiting diabetes research and education. The design features blue numbers on a white background. On the left side is a multi-color logo illustrating an eye, foot and heart, three areas commonly affected by the disease. The plate also shows a microscope and laboratory implements, symbolizing the important research being conducted to help treat and find a cure for the disease.

"Drive Out Diabetes" plates may be obtained at local motor vehicle offices across the State, by calling the DMV Custom Plates office at 1-800-364-PLATES, or on the internet at the DMV web site: www.nysdmv.com

Diabetes affects more than 17 million Americans. It is a silent killer with no known cure and it is frequently undetected. In New York State, more than 800,000 adults have diagnosed diabetes and an estimated 500,000 people with diabetes remain undiagnosed. In addition, approximately 1 in 400 children has diabetes.

Dr. David Bloomgarden, President of the American Diabetes Association’s Eastern Region, said, "This is very exciting. With 17 million Americans having diabetes, this will help our research efforts as well as getting information to the public about the seriousness of diabetes."

Herb Gordon, Upstate New York Leader for JDRF, said, "The funding for research generated by this program will not only help those with this disease to live fuller lives, it also will hasten the day that the dream of a cure is realized. We thank the Governor and the Legislature for their leadership in this important endeavor."

State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. said, "The ‘Drive Out Diabetes’ license plate is another example of New York’s continuing commitment to help people with chronic disease, including the 800,000 New Yorkers diagnosed with diabetes. Governor Pataki has provided the leadership in health care to enable the State to become a national model for excellence in diabetes care."

DMV Commissioner Raymond P. Martinez said, "This is not the first time that the State Department of Motor Vehicles has partnered with private groups and State agencies such as the Health Department to produce a plate for a worthwhile cause and to fund research to combat a serious disease in our society. It is hoped the plate will be a popular seller for the motoring public."

The new custom plate, available for both passenger and commercial vehicles, also features a multi-color logo representing the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The passenger plate version has three numbers followed by the letters "DBT" and the tag line "Drive Out Diabetes" across the bottom. The commercial series uses four numbers followed by two letters, with the word "Commercial" across the bottom.

There are two major types of diabetes: type 1, sometimes known as juvenile or insulin dependent diabetes, and type 2, sometimes known as adult onset or non-insulin dependent diabetes. Type 1 is caused by a loss of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. It usually strikes in childhood but lasts a lifetime. People with type 2 diabetes, a burgeoning epidemic among youth, produce insulin but their bodies are unable to use it effectively.

Research has shown that people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than someone without the disease. Diabetes is a chronic disease that is a leading cause of kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, and possible loss of a limb.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the ADA funds research, publishes scientific findings, and provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families and health care professionals. For more information on the Association or on diabetes, call 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383) or visit the web at www.diabetes.org.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the world’s leading nonprofit funder of diabetes research, having provided more than $500 million to diabetes research worldwide. JDRF was founded in 1970 by parents of children with juvenile diabetes, a disease which strikes suddenly, making them insulin dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. The JDRF mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of diabetes research. Persons may contact the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by phone at (518) 477-2873 or on the web at www.jdrf.org.

The initial cost of a standard "Drive Out Diabetes" custom plate is $34.50, with an annual renewal fee of $25.00, in addition to the regular registration fee. A personalized version, with the motorists’ choice of up to sic characters, including spaces, is available for $63.00, with an annual renewal fee of $50, in addition to the regular registration fee. Personalized plates requiring the International Symbol of Access are limited to five characters, including spaces. In each case, $20 of the annual renewal fee will be deposited to the New York State Drive Out Diabetes Research and Education Fund.


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