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San Diego’s Father’s of the Year 2011

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Dan Bradbury

Peter Farrell

Lee Rice 

Bill Walton

Since 1999, The American Diabetes Association has partnered with the National Father’s Day Council to host the Father of the Year Awards dinner. Each year we recognize numerous men from across the nation for the outstanding strength, commitment and love they exhibit as fathers. These men have not only attained success in their chosen field or endeavor, but carved out time to teach and mature their children while also becoming good citizens and proud members of the community. Diabetes affects nearly 24 million children and adults nationwide. The more than $20 million that has been raised to date from Father of the Year Events will help the American Diabetes Association fund essential advocacy, education and research initiatives.

Learn more about the Father’s Day Awards HERE.


Daniel M. Bradbury
Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bradbury has been Amylin’s Chief Executive Officer since March 2007, serving as President since June 2006 and as Chief Operating Officer since June 2003. He has served as a director since June 2006. He previously served as Executive Vice President from June 2000 until his promotion in June 2003. He joined Amylin in 1994 and has held officer-level positions in Corporate Development and Marketing during that time. Prior to joining Amylin, Mr. Bradbury spent ten years at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, where he held a number of sales and marketing positions. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Illumina, Inc., BIOCOM, the Keck Graduate Institute’s Board of Trustees and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Bradbury is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and serves on the UCSD Rady School of Management’s Advisory Council, RAND Health Board of Advisors, University of Miami’s Innovation Corporate Advisory Council and University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute Corporate Advisory Council. He received a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Nottingham University and a Diploma in Management Studies from Harrow and Ealing Colleges of Higher Education.

Peter C. Farrell, PhD, DSc, AM
Chairman and CEO
Peter Farrell is founder of ResMed and has been Chairman and a director of the Company since its inception in June 1989. Dr. Farrell also served as Chief Executive Officer from July 1990 until December 2007; from January, 2008 Dr. Farrell has served as Executive Chairman and from ResMed’s formation in 1989 until September 2004, Farrell was also ResMed’s President. Effective January 28, 2011, the Board of Directors again appointed as President and CEO.
From July 1984 to June 1989, Dr. Farrell served as Vice President, Research and Development at various subsidiaries of Baxter International, Inc. (“Baxter”), and from August 1985 to June 1989, he also served as Managing Director of the Baxter Center for Medical Research Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of Baxter. From January 1978 to December 1989, he was Foundation Director of the Graduate School for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales where he currently serves as a Visiting Professor and as Chairman of the UNSW Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Farrell also serves on 3 faculty Advisory Boards at UCSD: the Rady Business School, the Jacobs Engineering School and Health Sciences. He holds a B.E. in chemical engineering with honors from the University of Sydney, an S.M. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and bioengineering from the University of Washington, Seattle and a D.Sc. from the University of New South Wales for research contributions in the field of treatment with the artificial kidney.
Dr. Farrell was named 1998 San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences, Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 and US National Entrepreneur of the Year for 2005 in Health Sciences. In August 2000, he was named Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine; in July, 2010 Dr. Farrell became Chair of the Executive Council. In addition to his responsibilities with ResMed, Dr. Farrell is a director of NuVasive, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed company which develops and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders and is non-executive chair of QRxPharma, a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company listed on the ASX. He is a Fellow or Honorary Fellow of several professional bodies and is an active philanthropist, primarily through the Farrell Family Foundation. Dr. Farrell is also currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Arts, San Diego.

Dr. E. Lee Rice
LifeWellness Institute
Founder and CEO
Dr. E. Lee Rice is a pioneer in the field of wellness and preventive medicine. With more than twenty-five years experience as a family practice and sports medicine physician, Dr. Rice has become one of the premier medical experts on wellness in the United States. Drawing on his experience and knowledge gained from treating high performance teams in professional and Olympic sports, Dr. Rice founded the Lifewellness Institute, a revolutionary healthcare facility focusing on health promotion and individualized wellness programs for executive families and corporations. Dr. Rice is a clinical professor at Western University of Health Sciences and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. He is a highly rated speaker for executive organizations, including Young Presidents Organization (YPO), World Presidents Organization (WPO) and Vistage International. He has authored numerous medical texts and journal articles in the areas of wellness and sports medicine. Dr. Rice is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. Dr. Rice’s vision for comprehensive health is incorporated into all of his activities and is the guiding principal of the Lifewellness Institute.

Bill Walton
CONNECT San Diego Sport Innovators
NBA Hall of Fame/Executive Chairman
Bill Walton was introduced to the game of basketball while in the fourth grade at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School by Coach Frank “Rocky” Graciano. Walton then attended Helix High School, where the basketball coach was Gordon Nash. At Helix, his team won the California Interscholastic Federation High School title two years in a row, while winning their final 49 consecutive games.
Walton enrolled at UCLA in 1970 and played center for John Wooden’s Varsity team for three seasons (1972-1974). He was a member of two NCAA championship teams compiling an NCAA record 88 consecutive game winning streak. He was the recipient of several awards, including the NCAA Player of the Year Award in 1972, ’73 and ’74. At UCLA Walton was a scholar-athlete who also earned Academic All-American honors three years in a row. He graduated with honors earning a B.A. in History.
Walton’s professional career began when he was the number one overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. He won championship titles with the Blazers and the Boston Celtics. He also played with the San Diego Clippers, and the relocated Los Angeles Clippers. Over the course of his NBA career, he was honored with numerous awards, including NBA’s MVP and All-Star Team. Eventually Bill was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Walton started his broadcasting career in 1990 as an analyst for the then Prime Ticket Network. Walton worked for CBS Sports in the early 90’s during the NCAA Final Four and then for NBC for many years, including work on the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games. Over the last 15 years he has worked for ABC, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, Turner Sports, KCAL, and the NBA. In 2001, Walton won an Emmy for best live sports television broadcast.
Walton is currently the Executive Chairman of CONNECT San Diego Sport Innovators (SDSI). SDSI is a business accelerator that connects and drives the growth of San Diego’s vibrant sports economy by offering innovative programs and services for start ups, mature companies and service providers.

Learn more about San Diego’s Father of the Year Event HERE!

Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

April 26, 2011 at 10:08 am

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What can you do to help Stop Diabetes now?

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What can you do to help Stop Diabetes now?

Call to Congress 2011 is over, but the fight to Stop Diabetes is NOT!

Here are some ways you can help right NOW:

1) Sign up to become a Diabetes Advocate. Go to

2) When you get messages from ADA, read and respond – it’s so easy! Be counted as someone who cares about the fight!

3) Join me, Hillary Liber, as an active advocate.  Email me at and I will have a conversation with you about how you can be involved.  We need advocates to appear at ADA events as well as to write letters, emails, calls, visits.  You can choose whatever activity and time commitment works for you – it can be a one time quick shot or more intense involvement.  Either way, I/We need your help!

4) We will be doing advocate training in the spring.  Join us to learn what advocacy is.  Send me your information so we can be sure you’re invited or contact the local ADA San Diego office to leave your information – call 619-234-9897.

Although my travels are over, our fight continues and hopefully it includes your help!

Thank you,

Hillary Liber

ADA San Diego Advocacy Chair and devoted Volunteer

Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Call to Congress, 3-12-11 Final Update/Report

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(Please note that due to hectic schedules during the Call to Congress event any updates from Hillary Liber has been compiled from multiple text and email messages and might not be complete until she returns to provide additional information or make edits. Thank you.)

I’m back in San Diego now – both exhausted and exhilarated.  It was wonderful to meet people from around the country who are partners in the fight to Stop Diabetes now, and who share my passion for the cause.  I was so impressed with the range of people involved – young and old, people with diabetes and their loved ones and people who just care, Asian and Latino and African-American and Caucasian and everything in between, Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc.  As Rep. Xavier Becerra said, diabetes is a non-partisan disease. It affects us all and we must all join forces to prevent the spread and find the cure.

I was also impressed with the positive response we got from all our electeds and their aides.  Even though the economy, the budget and the deficit are all serious problems eating up their time and energy, they all agree that diabetes research and prevention and treatment must be funded, not only because of the cost-benefits (we’ll spend less now to save more later) but also because of the impact of the disease upon our people and our nation.

Please join the fight to Stop Diabetes Now.  There are so many ways to get involved – it is true that every person makes a difference, every vote counts, and every tiny action is a step towards the cure!

Thanks for “traveling with me”!

Hillary Liber

ADA San Diego, Advocacy Chair and devoted Volunteer

To learn more about Hillary please click HERE.

Become a Diabetes Advocate at

Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Call to Congress Update, 3-10-11

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(Please note that due to hectic schedules during the Call to Congress event any updates from Hillary Liber has been compiled from multiple text and email messages and might not be complete until she returns to provide additional information or make edits. Thank you.)

2 pm>

I just spent 7  hours meeting with legislative aides for Boxer, Feinstein ,Bilbray, Issa and Davis.  I also left personal hand written letters and packets with offices of Hunter and Bilbray. I even got to say “hi” to Bilbray as he left for a meeting. I cannot believe how positive and supportive all our Government representatives were. I feel so hopeful about the fight to Stop Diabetes. California is definitely leading the way!

I am tired from so many meetings – and so much walking!  But I feel so good about what we’ve accomplished today.  I hope lots of people have participated in the Virtual Call to Congress. If not please do it NOW! Thank you for your support. Having you with me made The day even better.


7 pm>

I just left the Caucus reception at 5pm in Rayburn House Office Building after our day of visits on the hill. I cannot express fully how emotional today was. I was so touched by the positive reception I received from all our elected representatives and their aides. There was a sincere interest in learning about diabetes, research and personal stories. We got a strong commitment of support for funding too.

One aide said “I appreciate all the information about the cost benefits (e.g. Spending $1 for each of the 79 million people with pre-diabetes will save $190 billion over the next 10 years), but we truly care as well about the personal impact of this disease. Becerra gave an amazing speech that diabetes is not Republican or Democratic, East or West, left or right. That instead, it affects us all and we must all work together harder than ever because it is getting more and more serious and we must help people with diabetes and their Families because that is ALL of us. He applauded what we advocates are doing and encouraged us to work harder and longer and never give up the fight.

I was very touched and recorded some of his speech. I will try to share that video when I’m home. We have much to do and I hope everyone will sign up to be a diabetes Advocate online. I also want to train a corps of Advocates in San Diego to help build relationships with our elected representatives so that we can be resources to them in the fight to Stop Diabetes!


To learn more about Hillary please click HERE.

Become a Diabetes Advocate at

Thank you Hillary and all of the other Advocates representing the almost 200,000 diabetics in San Diego County and the 26 Million children and adults in the united States now living with the disease.  It’s going to take a large number of devoted advocates, like Hillary to help make a difference with this disease that is now classified as an epidemic.

ADA San Diego

Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

Call into Congress to Advocate for ADA on March 10, 2011

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Join in the fight to STOP DIABETES! We’re asking for your help on our legislative side of Advocacy at the American Diabetes Association during this weeks Call to Congress in Washington D.C.

Today, March 10th,  we will have over 200 Diabetes Advocates from around the country taking Capitol Hill by storm telling Members of Congress how essential it is that they join us in the fight to Stop Diabetes.  Along with the meetings on Capitol Hill , we will also have a national Call into Congress day today, March 10th, so that advocates across the country can support our efforts on Capitol Hill.  We need the House and Senate phones to be ringing off the hook with Diabetes Advocates.  Please call in yourself and help us spread the word about Call into Congress by encouraging your friends, family, business associates, and social network contacts to do so as well. (You can call in any day this week.)

Are you on Facebook or Twitter?  Can you send a quick email to friends and family?  Please help any way you can.  Below are a few messages you can use as samples…

Many thanks!

ADA San Diego

Become a Diabetes Advocate at


To help you spread the word about our efforts to stop diabetes in DC this week, here are a few messages you can use as samples:

Facebook/Twitter Messages:

Twitter: Over 200 Diabetes Advocates are in D.C. to make the case for #diabetes funding w/@AmDiabetesAssn Call to Congress. Back them up w/a call:

Facebook: Over 200 Diabetes Advocates are in Washington, D.C. meeting with Members of Congress to make the case for diabetes funding as part of the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress. Back them up with a quick phone call to your reps: 866-459-1206


Diabetes funding needs support – call your Members of Congress now!

Why call your rep now? Because over 200 Diabetes Advocates are making the case to legislators for diabetes funding as part of the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress. Join me & add your voice to make sure the message gets across! Call now: 866-459-1206

Send an email to your friends:

Dear Friend,

Today, March 10, more than 200 Diabetes Advocates will be in Washington, DC to take Capitol Hill by storm.  They will be meeting with Members of Congress to make the case that diabetes research and prevention programs are critical in the fight to stop diabetes. It’s all a part of the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress citizen lobby day,  I need your help to ensure our collective voices are heard!With 105 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes right now, we don’t have a moment to waste in the fight to stop diabetes.

You know how diabetes has impacted me [ADD a short statement like “as someone whose child lives with diabetes every day” or “as a doctor/nurse who sees the ravages of this terrible disease on my patients” or “as a lawyer who has helped people with diabetes who faced discrimination”].

Our message will make a lasting impact if it’s reinforced by your call to your legislators, right now. We need to make sure the phones on Capitol Hill are ringing off the hook telling Congress that diabetes is an epidemic that cannot be ignored.  Just follow these easy steps:

–  Pick up the phone and dial 866-459-1206.

–  When prompted, enter your zip code and press “1” to confirm you’ve entered it correctly. You’ll be connected to one of your representatives’ offices.

–  When a staff person answers, ask to speak to the health aide.  Tell the health aide you are a constituent and you strongly urge your Representative/Senator to support the American Diabetes Association’s request to increase 2012 federal funding for diabetes research and prevention programs.

–  Most calls will end there, and you’ll be connected to another one of your representatives. But if you want to add more, you can remind them:

* Funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation, and the National Diabetes Prevention Programs is essential to preventing, treating and eventually curing diabetes.

* Stopping diabetes will save taxpayers millions of dollars that would be spent on treating diabetes complications like blindness, amputations and kidney disease.

Once you’re off the phone, click here or go to to tell to let the folks at the American Diabetes Association know how your call went! It will help them tailor message to lawmakers in the future!

Want to know what else you can do to help Stop Diabetes? Sign up now to get action alerts via email and become a Diabetes Advocate!

Thanks so much for your help!


[Your Name]




Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 10, 2011 at 10:11 am

Call to Congress Update, 3-9-11

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CALL TO CONGRESS 2011 update from San Diego Advocacy Chair, Hillary Liber:

(Please note that due to hectic schedules during the Call to Congress event any updates from Hillary Liber has been compiled from multiple text and email messages and might not be complete until she returns to provide additional information or make edits. Thank you.)

Today was an exciting day meeting ADA Advocates of all ages and ethnicities from around the USA.

I am going to Capitol Hill in the morning! Meetings are set with the Health Legislative Aides for Boxer, Feinstein and Bilbray. Tomorrow I will also visit Offices of Hunter, Filner, Davis & Issa.

My Agenda:

1) Thank You for the passage of Special Diabetes Program

2) Please don’t reduce funding for health programs to fight diabetes

3) Please support $2.2 billion for NIDDK/NIH research of the $1 billion already allocated for disease prevention, please approve $80 million for Diabetes Prevention Program

4) Please prioritize prevention by increasing funding at the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation to stop diabetes epidemic

Why?  We will share our personal stories, then the stats:

1) Now 1 in 10 have diabetes. In 2050 it will be 1 in 3

2) In 2007 cost of diabetes was $227 billion and it grows every year

3) Spend 2.2 to save 227!

4) Five years ago someone was diagnosed every 21 seconds. Now it is every 17 seconds!

5) Research shows that these programs work: Ex. 58% lower incidence of type 2 for those in Diabetes Prevention Program

EVERYONE can be part of the virtual Call to Congress TOMORROW, March 10, 2011 – Call or Email your Representative today!

Click HERE to learn more:

Please Join me in the fight!

Hillary Liber, Devoted ADA Volunteer/ADA San Diego Advocacy Chair


To view more photos from 2011’s Call to Congress please visit our album HERE.

Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Hillary Liber represents San Diego at Call to Congress 2011 in Washington D.C.

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Yesterday, Tuesday, March 8th, our very own San Diego Advocacy Chair for American Diabetes Association, Hillary Liber, arrived in Washington D.C. to represent our support in the effort to Stop Diabetes.  She has been eagerly awaiting the chance to advocate to the the decision makers on Capitol Hill for diabetes research and prevention funding.

A little more about Hillary in her own words:

I am so excited to be going to ADA’s Call to Congress for the first time.  I have been involved with ADA since 1995 – first with the fundraising walk (then called Walktoberfest, and now Step Out to Stop Diabetes) and eventually with membership on ADA’s San Diego Leadership Board.  For the past year, I’ve served as Advocacy Chair, and I am “growing” into my role.  I have met with members of Congress and their staff to explain the ADA agenda, but this is the first time that I will do this in DC.  I’m looking forward to learning more about our agenda, to meeting all the great ADA advocates, and going to Capital Hill to meet with our representatives.
I have Type 1 Diabetes, so involvement with American Diabetes Association has been an important part of my life.  Not only have I connected with wonderful people, but I have learned so much.  I’ve also gotten help from ADA to get what I need to manage my disease – including and insulin pump, Symlin, and most recently a continuous glucose monitor.  Managing diabetes is hard work, and I volunteer with ADA for the millions of people who don’t have diabetes, because I don’t want them to get it.  Of course, I am also concerned about helping others manage – and supporting the loved ones who support us.

Besides my involvement in ADA, here are some other things I have done professionally and as a volunteer: special educator, college instructor, textbook sales and teacher training, classes for seniors — both active and in nursing homes, City of Hope SD director, Hadassah National Field Consultant Supervisor, writing and teaching writing, and volunteering with almost a dozen other organizations from Meals on Wheels to United Way/Combined Health Agencies to the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture. 

However, the most important part of my life are my family and friends.  I have 2 sons, one who is married to a wonderful woman and living in LA with my two incredible granddaughters, and the other who lives in NYC and will be married to a lovely young woman in May.  One of my life goals is to have 1000 friends because a great scholar once said that a person who has 1000 friends is extremely rich – and I agree.  So I like to joke that I am a professional friend. 

Therefore, I’m looking forward to making new friends at ADA’s Call to Congress!
I’ll keep you posted once I get there, in spare moments between activities, and then when I get back home and put what I’ve learned into practice! 

Hillary Liber
Devoted ADA Volunteer

We’ll keep you updated on her experience over the next few days here on our blog.  On our Facebook Fan Page and on our Twitter.  We’d love to hear from you too!  Let us know how you’d like to advocate to help Stop Diabetes by commenting on our blog posts or Facebook Fan Page page. and sign up to become an ADA advocate today! After all, it’s going to take all of us to STOP this epidemic!

Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm