If you have diabetes, pre-diabetes, or know someone that does, this event is a do-not-miss event.

On Saturday, March 3, the public is welcome to attend Jim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes — an annual free event, sponsored by the Desert Diabetes Club. The event, which includes a product fair showcasing the latest technology and treatments for persons with diabetes, will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Health Sciences Building at Eisenhower. For more information about the Jim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes or the Desert Diabetes Club, please call 760-773-1578. Reservations are not required.

This year’s keynote address entitled Cure for Type 1 Diabetes, will be given by Dr. Fouad R. Kandeel, PhD, chair and professor of the Department of Clinical Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at City of Hope in Los Angeles.

Kandeel is the principal investigator on the islet transplantation trial to determine the safety and efficacy of islet cell transplantation as a treatment for patients with type 1 diabetes. In addition, Kandeel recently concluded a clinical project to identify genes related to the development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the Hispanic population. He also continues to oversee the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program, which he established several years ago at City of Hope. Due to his strong background in endocrine tumors and thyroid cancer, Kandeel participates in the development of the national guidelines for the management of neuroendocrine tumors.

Experts from Eisenhower Health and Eisenhower Diabetes Education Services will speak about the latest research and information on various diabetes-related topics. Free screenings for A1c, blood pressure, body mass and more will be available for Desert Diabetes Club members.

Designed to educate all Coachella Valley residents about diabetes, the Desert Diabetes Club meets each month (October through May) at the Annenberg Health Sciences Building at Eisenhower. With a tax-deductible membership of $25, members receive vital information about diabetes and improving their quality of life through lectures by diabetes professionals. Social and support events are also planned throughout the season.

Jim Cook was a man of vision, who improved the lives of many people living with diabetes. It was through his dedication and passion that A Day of Hope for Diabetes® thrived. He diligently sought to provide education and inspiration to the diabetes community and contributed immeasurably to the success of the Day of Hope program which was renamed the Jim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes® in 2009.