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Annual Mayor’s Passport to Health Diabetes Initiative

November 17, 2010

On Wednesday, November 3, the JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter hosted the Annual Mayor’s Passport to Health Community Luncheon at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Mayor Tom  Leppert and Mrs. Laura Leppert are the founders and honorary chairs of this diabetes initiative. The luncheon was attended by elected officials, community leaders, educators, medical professionals and additional members for the diabetes community. Please click on the below links to view videos from the event of the inspirational messages shared by our guest speakers.


  • Special Guest Tony Dorsett: Former Dallas Cowboys running back, Tony Dorsett is the only player in history to earn all of the finest honors in American football: Winning a Heisman Trophy, Super Bowl XII Championship, a College National Championship, and inductions into the College Football Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. [Watch Video]

  • Keynote Speaker Jay Hewitt: Jay is an Ironman triathlete, international motivational speaker and practicing attorney. He was diagnosed at age 24 with type 1 diabetes and races to prove that diabetes cannot stop him from achieving his goals. His life’s calling is to inspire others to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. [Watch Video: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3]
  • Tom Brobson: As a National Director for JDRF, Tom Brobson is responsible for communicating JDRF’s research priorities to non-medical audiences. Tom is in a leadership role with The Artificial Pancreas Project Task Force. [Watch Video]
  • Robyn Cox: Robyn Cox was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13. She always dreamed of being an animal trainer and didn’t let her diabetes prevent her from becoming a leader in the field. [Watch Video]
  • The Honorable Delia D. Jasso, District 1: Councilwoman Delia D. Jasso serves on various City Council committees to represent and protect the interests of North Oak Cliff including the Public Safety, Budget, Finance and Audit, the Trinity River Corridor Project and Transportation and Environment committees. [Watch Video]


We would like to recognize the following individuals for receiving awards from Mayor Leppert and Mrs. Laura Leppert:

  • SERVICE AWARD – Jim Baldwin: President, Board of Directors, Dallas Chapter Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • ADVOCACY AWARD – Donna Rice: President, Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute and affiliate of Baylor Health Car System and Baylor University Medical Center
  • YOUTH AMBASSADOR AWARD – Riley Wayland: The Mayor honored Riley as a youth volunteer who demonstrates the essence of community service for his charity of choice, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Riley Wayland is 14 years old and is one of JDRF’s most passionate donors and fundraisers for research. As a youth advocate, leader and role model, Riley takes the message of the importance of diabetes research to anyone who will listen. It is his dream that today’s research finds a cure in his lifetime. Riley exemplifies what it means to “never say never” and to “be the change that you want to see in the world.”
  • LEGISLATIVE AWARD – The Honorable Michael Burgess, M.D.: United States House of Representatives, 26th District of Texas
  • CORPORATE ADVOCACY AWARD – Peter Devlin: Chief Commercial Officer, OmniPod

View all photos of the event!

The JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter is honored to have participated in this important initiative in bringing awareness to diabetes and the great research that JDRF is doing to find a cure. Many thanks to Rainne Brant and Billy Reed with OmniPod for sponsoring this luncheon and for bringing in such wonderful speakers and guests.A special thank you goes to Mrs. Laura Leppert for being such a great partner and advocate for JDRF. We are so appreciative of her support and for having us as a partner in the Annual Mayor’s Passport to Health Community Luncheon. Laura serves on the JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter Board of Directors and is our Honorary School Walk to Cure Diabetes Chair. The Mayor’s Passport to Health event was founded in 2008 by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and his wife Laura. The mission of Passport to Health is to reduce the effects of diabetes in the Dallas community through education, awareness, prevention and proper care management.

For more information about the JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter, please visit our website, or call (214) 373-9808.


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