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National diabetes group to return to W.Va. in 2013

Nov. 12, 2012 @ 09:03 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The American Diabetes Association plans to re-establish a presence in West Virginia.

The association closed its office in the state in 2009 after fundraising contributions didn’t meet its goals.
Division vice president Lew Bartfield tells the Charleston Gazette that the association will return to the state in early 2013.

This time, Bartfield says the group will have a mission-service agenda instead of a fundraising agenda.
West Virginians for Affordable Health Care director Perry Bryant says the diabetes association’s return is welcome news. He says the group could have an enormous impact in the state.

The federal Centers for Disease and Control says about 250,000 West Virginians have diabetes.