When it was easier to say “why” Barbara always said, “why not” – when other voices would say, “we can’t” Barbara would respond, “yes, we can,” and proceed to bring stakeholders, community leaders, colleagues, and residents together to answer the challenge. Barbara, not-only “talked the talk”, but indeed “walked the walk” – often leading the charge.
After her seven-year-old son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes, Barbara worked diligently to improve the lives of those diagnosed with this disease and those touched by it. With the commitment from Palm Health Foundation, the building blocks of the Diabetes Coalition were established that enabled the start of the Diabetes Coalition in 2012. Barbara is recognized as the founding member of the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County and in that role, always remained steadfast in her commitment to the Coalition’s mission and vision, serving as the Board of Directors Chair and Chair of the Data Resource Committee.
On Sunday, July 7, 2019 Barbara passed away. Although not with us now, Barbara will always surround us with her vibrant and beautiful spirit – challenging us to strengthen and carry on her incredible legacy.
The Diabetes Coalition has established a permanent memorial fund in Barbara’s honor. Donations will fund scholarships, diabetes camp registrations, and help us to provide free diabetes screenings and prevention/self-management educational programs throughout Palm Beach County.