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TCL spring fling week to benefit ADA Kiss-A-Pig competition

April 17, 2011

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TCL will hold its annual spring fling week April 18 through 21 at its Beaufort and New River campuses, giving students, faculty and staff a chance to get active while having fun at the same time.


Activities will include a Wii Tournament, an exercise day and a diabetes and healthy living seminar. A campus-wide picnic will be held near building 4 at the Beaufort Campus from noon until 2 p.m., Thursday, April 21. Donations will be accepted throughout the event, and students and staff will be able to pay to dunk some of their favorite instructors and staff members in a dunking booth. The community is invited to attend.


All proceeds will go toward TCL President Dr. Tom Leitzel’s team on the Kiss-A-Pig competition, the largest fundraiser of the year for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The  team that raises the most money kisses a live pig, honored by American Diabetes Association as the original source of insulin.


According to Leitzel, “I am honored to be this year’s contestant in the Kiss-a-Pig Campaign representing Beaufort. TCL’s Spring Fling Week is a great way for us to incorporate diabetes awareness education, and we are excited about using this week to engage our students, faculty and staff in this worthwhile cause.”


In February, also as part of its diabetes awareness efforts, TCL set-up a walking trail around its Beaufort campus, and, in conjunction with Beaufort Memorial Hospital and TCL health sciences students, offered free health screenings to TCL employees and the community at large.


To support Leitzel’s Beaufort campaign, donors may go to and click on Leitzel’s name. A donation may be made on the secure website.


The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics have just been released and indicate:

  • 25.8 million Americans have diabetes
  • 18.8 million are diagnosed and 7.0 million are undiagnosed
  • 215,000 Americans under the age of 20 have diagnosed diabetes
  • 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes
  • 18% of all pregnancies are affected by gestational diabetes
  • Approximately 5% of Americans with diagnosed diabetes have type 1


All funds raised during the Kiss-a-Pig campaign benefit the American Diabetes Association, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to curing diabetes and improving  the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Diabetes is the nation’s fifth deadliest

disease, killing more than 220,000 Americans each year.  It is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke, adult blindness, kidney failure and non-traumatic amputations.


Check out for a list of all TCL Spring Fling week activities.


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