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Manny, are you going to print out award winners? Being deaf I don't hear the video too well and would love to know who won awards. TIA

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Im sure Manny will soon release a list of winners with award descriptions Pastel... but in the meantime, I listened to whole video for you and here is what I got =)

Educator category:

Creative Mind Category: and

Good eating Catogory:

Active Lifestyle:

Life Coach Award:

Crusader Award:

Congratulations to all the winners!

Oh...I forgot one category...
Comedian Award:

Hope I did not not forget anybody =)

Thanks Teena. Congratulations to all the winners.

I forgot another one Pastel...
Geek category:

Whew! I hope I really did not forget anybody...dang I must be getting old!

Here are more details about each of the winners, based on the nominations they received, which I alluded to in the video:

- He is both patient and knowledgeable. Patience is important! He knows the different D types and how to use both oral meds and insulin.
- His knowledge is encyclopedic on diabetes. He always gives great advice. We are so lucky to have him!
always very helpful with supplying links , the manner in which he communicates , very knowledgable in all topics related to diabetes.

Repeting for the second year in a row: BSC (

Creative Mind:
-She does lots around TuD. She welcomes new arrivals and always helps out whenever someone asks for it. She spends a lot of her time helping people. For a girl with type 1, a full time job (helping people), and her own complicated family including a rescued pooch, that's not easy to do! She is great with graphics too. Her page changes every day and I often check it out just to see what can be done with the software at tuD.
-she decorates her profile page very creatively, she's always sending a cute graphic along with a cheery greeting, she sends seasonal greetings out to members, and music

lotsofshots (
in a tie with Bradford (

-He explains complicated problems and questions completely and in terms that one can understand.
-He has had a busy year with his marriage and all that goes with this life-changing ceremony but he still manages to get back to us with the best information on working with the software here at tuD.

Also repeating: Holger Schmeken (

-She comes up with responses that literally make me laugh out loud. She reminds me not to take myself or diabetes too seriously.
-She has a way of cheering you up, with a gilded wit!
-She truly loves to make people smile.

Repeating: Bikette (

Good Eating Fan:
-Always ready with good information about foods/carbs. She has excellent recipes too.
-She knows what she is talking about when she tells members what is best and what is not so good to eat.
-Yes, I know she wins this title every year but darnit, she deserves it! She is simply put, the site go-to-gal when anyone has a question about healthy eating and even just eating in general!

Repeating: Gerri (

Active Lifestyle:
-I am impressed with how he uses regular exercise as just one of his tools to control his blood sugars.
-When it comes to exercise, AR is a role model. From someone who hardly exercised to an exercise junkie, he shows us that no matter what one's age or condition, one can get into fitness, improve, and excel. Reading about what he has done and is doing motivates me to do better, to do more.
-Always motivating people to be active and confident.

Acidrock23 (

Life Coach:
-He is THERE for you...caring, giving of his time...greeting you daily with words of encouragement. He is TuDiabetes' resident dad/grandad ♥
-He is in his mid-eighties and he is like the Energizer bunny. His page is like "homeroom" to many of the daily TuDiabetes regulars. If you want to know what's happening, check his page first. He remembers details like your husband's name, when your surgery is happening, what days you have dialysis, why your mother is driving you crazy. Every week he prays for all of us, and some of us who are hurt, scared, desperate, and lonely, he prays a little extra special. He welcomes every new member of TuDiabetes and sends a birthday message to all on the list. He helped me out enormously last year when my dad died. He frequently ends his messages with the words "I care" and he really means it. We love "Gator"!

Seagator (

-She is always participating in events in her local area advancing info on Diabetes. She has been active on Big Blue Test days on this and other websites. She has many years as a diabetic and shares her knowledge with everyone.

Marie B (

Thanks Manny. Maureen

Manny, why not post that on the home page for a few days?

Good thinking!

I added the same info to the video, which is featured on the home page now:




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