HOUSTON, Tx. - The drama of diabetes takes the stage October 24-25 at the Stafford Civic Center.
The play, called 'Defiant' is bringing awareness through the arts; and since November is National Diabetes month, it's just in time.
Cynthia Tucker is the writer and producer of 'Defiant.' She says there's still so much about diabetes that people don't know.
Tucker says, "Because we don't know enough about the disease, we find ourselves in a place and position where they put on our death certificates that we passed away from kidney failure. That's a side effect of diabetes."
She knows well. Her grandmother died with the disease.
Diabetes is called a silent killer, because it makes the body grow weaker over time and most people hardly notice.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 29.1 million people in America who have diabetes, and 86 million more that have pre-diabetes.
As usual, prevention is the key. Get tested, make lifestyle changes, and eat a proper diet.
"I know how important diabetes is and the prevention of diabetes. I've had relatives and friends who have suffered with diabetes, even know people who have had diabetes to the point of having to have transplants," says Professor Robert Simms, director of 'Defiant.'
A portion of ticket sales from 'Defiant' will be donated to the National Diabetes Association. That's just the right amount of sweetness to help knock out this deadly disease.
Friday, October 24, 2014 --- 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 25, 2014 --- 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Stafford Civic Center
1415 Constitution Avenue
Stafford, TX 77477