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Advocate editorial board opinion: National focus on diabetes stems from Victoria

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 27, 2011 at 6 p.m.
Updated Jan. 26, 2011 at 7:27 p.m.


We want to recognize another member of our community who has brought accolades to Victoria from across the country.

We are proud to have Victoria resident John Griffin, who is an attorney with the Victoria law firm of Marek, Griffin and Knaupp.

Griffin is the chairman of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association. He assumed his chairmanship Jan. 1.

Victoria's reputation has grown over the country because of his efforts to stop diabetes.

We see Griffin as a passionate and dedicated person, looking to find a cure or better ways to mange diabetes, which has victimized - from 2007 statistics - 23.6 million children and adults.

We know Griffin personally has diabetes, Type 2, and has been insulin-dependent for more than 10 years, but his desire to stop diabetes goes beyond his own affliction.

He has served as chairman of numerous diabetes groups within the American Diabetes Association, including the Legal Advocacy Subcommittee, Advocacy Committee, Finance Committee and the Safe at School Task Force.

He is also a member of the Texas Diabetes Council, appointed by Gov. Perry to advance the cause of improving diabetes care.

He is a volunteer for Texans for Advancement of Medical Research - a non-profit that makes sure Texas stays on the leading edge for research to cure diseases such as Alzheimer's, diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

He had been vice chairman of the National American Diabetes Association and a member of the organization before serving as an officer for more than 20 years.

"It makes me feel very privileged to be in a community supportive of me and to bring distinction and success to this effort," Griffin said.

Griffin will be chair of the national organization for one year.

So naturally he is anxious to make headway.

"I am restless and agitating for action," he said. "My goal this year is to be able to say we made a difference. I hope to curb the scourge of diabetes in our society. And I'm confident we will succeed in this."

We believe Griffin is passionate enough about this noble cause. And we can all be proud to have such a fighter on a national level - from Victoria - to achieve this goal.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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