Albany shriners walk to battle diabetes

Albany temples help those with diabetes

ALBANY — Alrakim Temple No. 142 and Alrakim Court No. 31 in Albany are announcing their fund-raising walk, Stepping for Diabetes, at Albany State University on May 31. The event will feature a five mile run/walk beginning at 7 a.m at ASU’s track and field facility at 504 College Drive.

In addition to the event, the organizations will provide a variety of diabetes information, along with free diabetes screening and healthy snacks, officials say.

Benjamin Dent with Alramkim Temple No. 142 said that diabetes is one of the deadliest diseases, killing more Americans than either cancer or AIDS. According to Dent, Prince Hall Shrines, or Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrines, have raised more than $3.8 million in 2014 to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

“Anyone could have diabetes,” Dent said, “but it does take a greater toll on minority populations, and especially African Americans.”

Dent said the temples in Albany make regular contributions to the Samaritan Clinic on South Madison Street to benefit individuals with diabetes.

“We used to concentrate on Sickle Cell Anemia,” Dent said, “Now we’ve shifted toward diabetes because it cuts across racial lines.”

According to Prince Hall Shriners Foundation officials, a philanthropic partnership with the American Diabetes Association was formed in 2008 with the primary objective to raise funds for diabetes and educate the public.

Dent said Stepping for Diabetes 2014 offers four sponsorship levels for participation: Platinum for a $1,000 donation; Gold for $500; Silver for $250 or Bronze for a $100 donation.

For entry forms and additional information on the walk, call Dent at (229) 894-6826 or Patricia Marshall with Alrakim Court No. 31 at (229) 777-1884