Texas Diabetes Institute honors two heroes in the fight against diabetes

October 22, 2015

BACKGROUND:  With diabetes affecting more than 100,000 people in Bexar County alone — and diabetes rates on the increase — the fight against the disease is more important than ever. The Texas Diabetes Institute has allies in this fight, and will honor two of them today. The YMCA of Greater San Antonio has been a key partner since 2013, providing diabetes prevention programs to at-risk communities in San Antonio. One of the most at-risk communities is on San Antonio’s West Side. And it was through the leadership of George B. Hernández Jr., president and CEO of University Health System, that the Texas Diabetes Institute came to be headquartered in the heart of the need.

The Saul Treviño Wall of Honor was created to identify and honor people and organizations of Bexar County that have significantly contributed to the fight against diabetes. Past inductees include Elvira M. Cisneros, Dr. Lawrence B. Harkless, Luis Roberto Vera Jr., Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo, Dr. Roberto P. Treviño, John A. Guest, Col. Roy W. Burley, Lo Bello de San Antonio Women’s Club, Dr. Ralph DeFronzo and Dr. Roberto Jimenez.

WHO: George B. Hernández Jr., president and CEO of University Health System; Sandy Morander, president & CEO of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio; Numerous community leaders.

WHEN: Noon, Thursday, Oct. 22

WHERE: Westin Riverwalk Hotel, 420 W. Market St., San Antonio