Tom Beatson Presented with Award for Education, Outreach and Fundraising
Phoenix, Ariz.: Tom Beatson can barely remember what it’s like to live without diabetes. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10, Beatson has battled the disease and overcome the odds for nearly 70 years. In recognition of his passion for life and dedication to diabetes outreach efforts, he was recently presented with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Desert Southwest Chapter Inspiration Award. Beatson’s charitable organization, the Thomas J. Beatson Jr. Foundation, has raised more than $1 million dollars for diabetes research.
Beatson lives at The Terraces of Phoenix, a continuing care retirement community that provides older adults an engaging lifestyle. There he enjoys many of the activities that have kept him physically fit, which has helped him to remain healthy despite his disease. One of Beatson’s favorite activities is cycling. Since he began riding in 1975, Beatson has logged nearly 110,000 miles on his bicycle.
“The residents of The Terraces choose to live active and healthy lives, and Tom is an excellent representative of the community,” said Tom Dorough, executive director of The Terraces of Phoenix. “We’re proud of Tom for being honored with the Inspiration Award, and all his efforts to educate people on type 1 diabetes and help find a cure through research and fundraising.”
The Terraces of Phoenix offers a maintenance-
The Terraces is managed by ABHOW, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. ABHOW is a nonsectarian corporation, serving seniors through quality retirement housing since 1949. ABHOW seeks to enhance the well-being and security of seniors through the provision of housing, health care and supportive services, and was a pioneer in the development of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). For more information about ABHOW, visit www.ABHOW.com.
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