Here it comes again, the Sugartown Express, chugging in for the 38th year to raise
diabetes awareness and funds for education and research. This family-friendly event, held appropriately at the Quaker Square Train Station in Akron, drew more than 225 people for an evening of music and food. It was a great chance to get up-close-and-personal with the many Akron-area celebrities who served as waiters with healthy, diabetes-friendly hors d’oeuvres on their trays. They included Judges Lynne Callahan, John Quinn, Thomas Teodosio; business owners John and Tom Luck; Councilwomen Sandra Kurt and Irene Shapiro; attorney Patrick Weschler; and representing the medical community, Sue Hobson, Eliot Mostow, Gene Nixson, Alan Papa, Linda Sedlacek, John Zoilio and Alan Papa.
Tim Stover, President and CEO of Gold Sponsor Akron General Health System spoke of his own connection to the problem of diabetes — he cared for his blind diabetic grandmother, an experience that led him to his medical career. “Research must continue,” he said. “Right now there are five major ongoing research projects in the Northeast Ohio area funded by the American Diabetes Association.” Events like “Sugartown Express” ensure that those projects continue.ADA Executive Director
Jill Pupa gave a salute to other key sponsors, including Summa Health System, Interim Healthcare and House of LaRose. “This is the longest continuously running event for any diabetes association in the country,” she said.
STORY BY LINDA McMULLEN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BASHIAN