In Honor of Billy Knight
I've been fund raising for American Diabetes foundation for 10 years now. My son Jonathan has always been an inspiration for me to get involved. I'd like to dedicate this year's activity for a dear friend who just lost his battle with Diabetes. I met Billy Knight in 1988, he married my wife's cousin Marlene who lived in Elizabethtown. We lived in this area because I was stationed at Ft. Knox. Billy was a person that was a lot of fun to be around. We became great friends and he definitely made an impact on my life. Billy told me he was type 1 diabetic, but he didn't let that stop him enjoying his new life with his wife and soon to be great family. I moved away from Ft. Knox in 1989, but we remained friends over the years. When Jonathan was diagnosed as type 1, I often spoke to Billy about the issues Jonathan would face. As time passed we may have not kept in touch as closely as we should, but he was always there when I had a question. In the last 10 years, we saw how Billy endured the effects of diabetes. He never complained about being sick, hospitalized or the impact this disease can do to your body. Billy and his wife Marlene and three great kids Brittany, Katie and Jacob saw how his life had changed over the years. Billy spoke nothing about diabetes, but lived his life loving his family and staying strong in his faith. March 27th, 2019 Billy lost his battle with Diabetes, his family lost a great husband and father. I lost a great friend. I know many others will have to face this same tragedy if we can't find a cure. I want to dedicate this year's fund raising in Billy's honor. I'm asking that you donate to help stop diabetes in Billy's name or a loved one that you know is suffering from Type 1 or 2 diabetes.
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