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John W. Griffin Jr. Receives American Diabetes Association's Charles H. Best Medal

Dec. 17, 2011 at 6:17 a.m.


Victoria attorney John W. Griffin Jr. recently received the American Diabetes Association's prestigious Charles H. Best Medal.

Griffin is the chairman of the board of the American Diabetes Association.

"John Griffin is a true leader in the fight against diabetes," said Elizabeth Tobias, American Diabetes Association senior executive director for South Texas. "His efforts have directly impacted the lives of people living with diabetes throughout South Texas and across the country. John's victories are shared with anyone who has ever faced discrimination because of a chronic disease, and we commend him for his service and dedication to the Association."

Griffin, managing partner in the law firm Marek, Griffin, and Knaupp, has successfully led many efforts to end discrimination against workers and students with diabetes. The cases in which he participated have been instrumental in breaking down blanket bans that prevented people with diabetes from pursuing careers in law enforcement and other safety-sensitive jobs, while leading to the development of nationwide standards for fair employment of workers with diabetes as well as equal educational opportunities for children with diabetes.

Griffin is known as one of the nation's most effective trial lawyers working on the side of workers with disabilities. He lectures on employment law and legal ethics, and is an advocate for health care and access to health insurance for children and adults with diabetes.

In addition to raising funds for the association, Griffin has served on the board of directors and chaired the Legal Advocacy Subcommittee. He is a member of the American Diabetes Association's Pinnacle Society and Summit Circle, and he was among the first to commit to the Association's Pathway to a Cure campaign to fund up-and-coming researchers. He also serves on the Texas Diabetes Council by appointment of the governor of Texas.

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes contributes to the deaths of more than 231,000 Americans each year. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is more than $174 billion. Published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the United States could exceed $218 billion.

The American Diabetes Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information, call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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