Vhs: Viral – US Release today!

Today’s the day. VHS: Viral (which is basically VHS 3) comes out tonight!

The first two gave found footage a reason to continue its existence, in my opinion. Though many people compare them to ABCs of Death, I find the VHS series to be much, much better than that. (I hate ABCs of Death with a passion because it was HORRIBLE. Such great potential thrown away on fart jokes and furries.)

Anyway, if you haven’t seen the trailer, here it is below for your watching pleasure:

I’m gonna try to catch this movie tonight, so hopefully I’ll have some time to pop back in and write a review!

My Review of Mockingbird (2014)

imagesAnd I Fell In Love Instantly: I was browsing the DVD section at Walmart the other day when I noticed this film. I picked it up and noticed two things – 1) It was created by Blumhouse. 2) It was also a collaboration with the people who made The Strangers. The Strangers is my favorite horror film. Naturally, I was interested, but I waited for it to be released on Netflix. I eagerly turned on the movie and got settled.

Background: Okay, so the basic premise of the movie is that there are several different people who experience the same thing. They receive a video camera in a big red box tied up with a white bow on their doorstep. Naturally, they are excited about the expensive gift and begin recording. Here’s the catch: if you stop recording, you die. Or at least that’s what they are eventually told through a video tape that mysteriously appears at their doorstep. The victims are tormented, the phone lines are cut, blah blah blah. Eventually, the mystery has to be solved and the victims are given instructions on where to go and what to do next.

Characters: One character, instead of being tormented, is given makeup and a clown suit. He then has to perform tasks (almost like a scavenger hunt) in order to supposedly win a monetary prize. He does so happily. His situation at home is that he owes his mother money and so must live with her. From her interactions with him, it becomes clear that she is a horrible mother. The actor really portrays the son realistically, so kudos to him.

The family is cute, but really not that special. The woman seemed nice, but all I knew was that she lived in the guest house on someone’s else’s property. I didn’t get to know them like I did the clown guy. That was my issue with the film – the characters’ stories were touched upon, but not really elaborated. The only character I felt strongly for was the clown. The others were basically strangers to me, so I didn’t have a strong connection to them. That was a major weak point of the film for me.

Favorite Scene: The balloon scene near the end. It was a very unique visual, and I really enjoyed the red tint it threw on everything in the setting.

The Ending: This was the reason I was disappointed with Mockingbird. The ending was horrible; it didn’t work and it felt extremely sloppy, like it was thrown together at the last minute, like Lost. It didn’t make any sense. It was not explained. There were no questions answered. It almost felt like a practice exercise for Sinister, except without the well-crafted storytelling. There was all this build-up, and then… nothing. It’s fine to leave some questions unanswered, but this isn’t The Strangers; we needed an explanation. Anyone can craft some messed up scenario and throw an ending on it like this one. It was as if the director was saying, “OHHH! LOOK AT THIS TWIST! OOH SO SCARY! BE IMPRESSED!” As if the impact of the twist alone would be a good end to a movie. Wrong. Excuse me, but yes, it does need to make sense – in this case, at least. I was so excited to figure out what was going on and that’s what kept me so interested in this movie. The ending was a complete letdown.

The Good: Character development of the clown guy, great build-up, kept my interest, the balloon scene

The Bad: Not enough character development for a character-centric film, horrible/sloppy/too easy ending, too many unanswered questions

Rating: 2 out of 5 – The film had great potential, but the ending destroyed it.

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Why I’m Afraid of the Dark

Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been afraid of the dark. I don’t know at what exact moment that fear began, but I remember it always being there. Usually, I’d call my dad into the room to sleep in there with me, and that would make me feel safe enough to fall asleep. Or I’d hide under the covers, give myself a pep talk and bolt down the stairs to my parents’ room.

As I got older, this fear remained, but not as often. I remember, in my high school years, listening to my clock radio as I fell asleep. For some reason, this one song would always be played at night after 11 p.m. The lyrics said, “Don’t close your eyes. Don’t close your eyes.” Freaky, right? I would force my eyes open until the song ended and faded from my mind.

I loved the excitement potential inherent in horror movies, but hated the after-effects. I would tend to invite friends to sleepover on horror movie nights, or at least follow the movie with a comedy. My best friend, Amy, and I would often get so creeped out that one of us would hide behind the shower curtain while the other person went to bathroom, just so we wouldn’t have to be alone. Looking back, I find that hilarious and pretty cute.

Now, I’m a horror buff. I gobble up anything horror-esque and have seen so many films from the genre that Netflix is running out of suggestions for me. It’s gotten easier to sleep at night, probably due to the fact that aging, maturity, and rationalization skills go sort of hand in hand.

But every once in a while, I’ll watch something that just makes me feel uneasy, and it’ll be hard to sleep.

It’s just a dark room. Why be afraid?

Well, there are several reasons:

1- Deeply personal. I do have PTSD due to a past abusive relationship and experience anxiety and nightmares because of those experiences.

2- Psychology – check out this link for more information.

3- The unknown.

I recently viewed a TED talk on this topic, and found that this comment by someone named Brad Friend summed it up quite nicely:

“Darkness is the second greatest fear of any person who has ever experienced light. It’s not the darkness we fear but what it represents. Darkness is the physical manifestation of the unknown, and of ignorance of danger. It is not the darkness, but what lies inside it. And when we can’t see what is there, we are hardwired to imagine whatever frightens us individually the most. This is why the scariest part of a horror movie is before we see the monster, when we are imagining all the terrible things it could be. Its why, since landing on the moon, we’ve made so little headway in the exploration and colonization of space. Space is the single greatest form of darkness, of the unknown, the very thing we’ve known to fear our entire lives. And it seems reckless, even suicidal, to step boldly into that frontier, without first examining, experimenting, and pushing back as much of the unknown as possible first.”

As the talented HP Lovecraft once said, normal_lovecraft

 

As Brad mentioned above, this phenomenon is exploited in almost every horror movie. I must be honest – it works.

Because truly, I’m not afraid of the dark, but rather what might be in it. Not really because I’m scared of what I’ll find, but because I’m scared it will find me first.

For more information on nyctophobia, check out these links: TED Talks, Huffington Post, Gizmodo, Wikipedia

My Review of Annabelle (2014)

THE CONJURING

I’m going to start with the obvious: Why did they change the doll? Yes; this is based on a true story, which you can read about here. You can see the ACTUAL doll below:

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How different are these dolls? EXTREMELY. I see intense commercialization here, and I’m not happy about it. Yeah, the doll they chose is really creepy looking, but, at least for me, I think that keeping the doll as it actually looked would have a more profound impact on viewers.

At first glance, the doll (which is the once-popular Raggedy Ann doll) is just cute. And that’s why it works! Here’s why: At first glance of the other doll, you’re already freaked out. This one looks completely innocent; that’s why it’s so powerful. For those that scoff, it’s true; the unexpected can be terrifying. Don’t we always whine about the predictability of horror movies? Don’t judge a book by its cover.

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The aforementioned phenomenon has been used in the past, specifically in The Shining. Kids are creepy, let’s just admit it.

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Anyway, the fact that the doll was different made the movie lose a few points. It was a nice horror flick, though. There were some great moments. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will just point them out in a vague way.

1- The coloring pages: See? Kids are terrifying. Case in point.

2- The elevator/stairway scene: The pure panic and terror in the elevator scene combined with the horror in the stairway scene was just PERFECT. Kudos.

3- The truck scene: We all saw it coming, but the little gasp that came out when you know what happened was spectacular. It was a big surprise that pretty much flustered everyone in the audience.

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It was interesting to see a husband that actually believed the wife this time; that doesn’t happen a lot. There’s always a doubter that eventually has to get slapped in the face to realize the truth. He was a supportive husband. It was nice.

I also enjoyed how they started with the ending. It was a great setup for a sequel.

All in all, a great little horror flick. By no means would this film ever triumph over the incredibly successful Chucky series, but it’s got its place in the horror realm. It topped the box office right along with Gone Girl.

Overall, I give this movie 4 out of 5 hearts.

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The Good: Some really awesome moments that are very well crafted. Great actors. Good atmosphere.

The Bad: They changed the doll. A bit too short.

Gore Rating: Low. Some violence and blood, but nothing Saw-esque.

 

The World is Not So Accessible After All: The Constant Struggle for Independence and Equality for the Disabled

ADA Accessible! Yeah, yeah. It’s a word disabled people, like me, hear quite often. One would assume that going somewhere that claims to be ADA accessible would be a breeze, but that’s not the case. Often, “accessible” means something completely different to the owners of these properties; it means “adequate” or “good enough.” The problem is that it’s often NOT good enough.

Seriously.

Seriously.

This article shows pictures of seven absolutely ridiculous, totally dangerous wheelchair ramps. Some of them don’t even touch the ground. How the hell are these ramps considered to be in compliance with ADA standards?

The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) understands that altering existing structures costs a lot more than making new construction accessible, which is why it tends to only focus on those new buildings. The law requires that public accommodations such as banks, hotels, restaurants, and stores remove architectural barriers in existing facilities when it is “readily achievable.” In this case, that means “without much difficulty or expense.” Things that qualify include adding a handicap parking space, installing a bathroom grab bar, widening a doorway, etc.

The purpose of the ADA is “to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities … the Nation’s proper goals regarding individuals with disabilities are to assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for such individuals.” The ADA also is intended to reduce federal payments for social security income and other federal tax-funded disability programs.

Juxtapose this paragraph with reality and you’ll see that there’s a problem. There are certain requirements in place that have helped, surely, but we are nowhere near total equality, full participation, or independent living. The ADA even states that restaurants are NOT required to print their menus in braille, meaning that waiters have to read the menu to blind customers. 1 – that’s going to take a long time, and 2 – that does NOT promote independent living. While many restaurants –Olive Garden and Applebees – actually offer braille menus, the fact that it is not a requirement further distances the disabled community from equality and independence.

In addition, a restaurant with a basement-level bar is not required to provide disabled access to the basement area, unless it is readily achievable, meaning “easy.” Why should it have to be easy? It’s not easy living with a disability, so why put the burden, again, on us? The burden should rest on the business owner. It’s like they’re tiptoeing around it so as not to upset their economic interests. Anyway, as I was saying, if alternative access to the basement area is “impossible,” then the restaurant is required to provide bar service at the same prices to customers with mobility impairments in the restaurant. I see several issues with this:

1- It’s not just about price. It’s about community, inclusion. If no one disabled can get down to the bar area, they cannot interact with people hanging out at the bar. It’s not just an economic thing; it’s social. We’ve all had days where we just want to hang out with friends at the bar, but imagine being in a wheelchair and unable to hang out with your buddies due to a lack of accessibility. Yet, the restaurant is still meeting ADA guidelines. Pfft. Maybe it’s good enough for them, but it’s certainly not good enough for us.

2- You could very easily lose business due to this fact. The disabled community is not a teeny tiny part of America; according to the US census, nearly 1 in 5 people have a disability. In 2010, that statistic translated to 56.7 million people. This is not a handful of people; this is a significant portion of the population. Many, many people are also related to or close to someone with a disability. Not providing access could quickly turn off customers.

Furthermore, the promises made in the ADA are not met. It’s this “good enough” mentality that is making it hard.

It’s simply not good enough. We need to reassess our values and goals and how to truly achieve them.

This man is trying to spur change in that area within the city of London. Check out his recent race against the “tube” and how it clearly shows what “good enough” means nowadays.

This post will be updated periodically. Check for updates as time goes on.

But You Don’t LOOK Sick: Invisible Illnesses and the People Who Don’t Understand Them

I have an invisible illness. It’s called Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome. The disease is commonly referred to as RSD/CRPS. I speak out about it a lot, so most of my social group knows what it is. However, you wouldn’t be able to tell by just looking at me. Hence, an invisible illness.

Read the Huffington Post article below for another woman’s experience battling ignorance on this topic:

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I remember when my illness was at its worst. I was in and out of a wheelchair (I hated that thing, so I was desperate to walk). On the days I tried walking, people were always so surprised and very… vocal about it. I was going to class one day and had just parked my car when a guy in truck pulled over in front of me. He LITERALLY asked me, “How are you parking in a disabled spot if you’re walking? Are you faking it?” I was fuming. I calmly explained to him that I have a disease that causes me immense pain, but I still have the ability to use my legs. He obviously had never met anyone like this before, because he looked skeptical. “Trust me; I’m not faking it. I wish I was,” I told him.

It’s sad, but ignorance like this exists EVERYWHERE. It’s rampant. This phenomenon is further explained here.

It’s already hard for us. 73-year-old amputee Tom Hannah knows this struggle quite well.

For those of you who think you are doing a public service calling out the people who “look normal,” here’s a newsflash for you: you have absolutely no authority. For a fabulous explanation of this, check out this link.

Fighting Back

Some people put notes like these on cars that park in disabled spaces that do not have a disabled license plate or placard. Contrary to what some people seem to think, disabled spaces are NOT waiting spaces. Just the other day, I was on campus and a guy had parked his Mercedes Benz sideways across THREE DISABLED SPACES. Nah uh. Get out. Disabled people exist. We need those spaces, often a lot more than you know. A few steps, for me, can change my whole day. Don’t make me wait because you’re too lazy to go elsewhere.

Many people whine about the fines associated with these incidents. Let me repeat myself: DISABLED SPACES ARE NOT WAITING SPACES. Period. We take them seriously, and so does the law. Furthermore, NO; It is not okay to park in these spaces for a few minutes because you were “just running inside to grab something.” It doesn’t matter. Your quick errand is not more important than my health.

For more on invisible illnesses, check out http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/about/

Mesothelioma Awareness Day – September 26

In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day (September 26), I am choosing to be a voice for the victims – to educate others about mesothelioma, a disease that takes thousands of lives every year. With education comes awareness. With awareness comes action. With action comes change.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a set of six naturally-occurring (in rock and soil) silicate minerals. Once lauded for its versatility, it is now classified as a known human carcinogen, because of its association with mesothelioma. Due to its fiber strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been utilized in many construction projects, not only as a fire retardant but also as insulation for buildings. It can be found in a multitude of building materials such as floor tiles and shingles, but can also be discovered in automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts, heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, steam pipes, and gaskets.

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Due to the fact that it is linked with mesothelioma, one would assume its use would be banned, but that is not the case. Though it has been banned in over 50 countries, the U.S. is not one of them. On average, 30 million pounds of asbestos are being put to use within the country. This puts many citizens at risk as asbestos remains the leading cause of occupational cancer in the United States.

On July 12, 1989, the EPA issued a final rule banning most asbestos-containing products. In 1991, this regulation was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a result of this decision, only a few asbestos-containing products remain banned.

Let’s break it down further to see the actual impact of this decision. The EPA estimates that there are asbestos containing materials in most of the nations approximately 107,000 primary and secondary schools and 733,000 public and commercial buildings. This year alone, 10,000 Americans will die of asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, and 200,000 people will be living with asbestos.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer affecting the membrane lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. The only known cause of the disease is exposure to asbestos. Making a correct mesothelioma diagnosis is quite difficult for doctors due to the fact that the disease often presents itself along with other symptoms that mimic other common ailments.

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Graphic from mesothelioma.com

There is currently no known cure for mesothelioma, but treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy have been known to improve the typical mesothelioma prognosis.

For those affected, asking the question, “How long do I have to live?” can be terrifying. It is a hard question to answer, not only because everyone is different, but also because of the characteristics of the cancer itself; it is quite unpredictable.

Unfortunately, in recent years, the prognosis for this disease has been quite dismal. Mesothelioma commonly sits dormant in the body for 20-50 years after initial exposure to asbestos, making its detection quite difficult. Consequently, many affected are unable to detect the disease until its advanced stages.

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Graphic from mesothelioma.com

The one-year survival rate for this disease rests at 40 percent. The five-year survival rate for people with this disease (a number that shows how many patients are still alive five years after diagnosis) is currently about 10 percent. Though low, this number is in fact much higher than it was several decades ago. There is hope for an increase with progress in the medical field.

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

As the graphic above mentions, early detection is key to a more favorable prognosis. So how do you go about preventing this disease?

While there are really no typical screening processes in place as there are for things like breast cancer, some doctors recommend imaging tests (x-rays or CT scans) to search for changes in the lungs that could indicate mesothelioma or lung cancer. In has been noted that people living with mesothelioma often have high levels of osteopontin and soluble mesothelin-related peptides, also known as SMRPs. Blood tests for the aforementioned substances may eventually be quite useful in diagnosing this disease early on.

Above all else, one should know the symptoms and signs of mesothelioma. If detected, one should bring this up with their doctor immediately. Most people experience these symptoms for several months.

Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the chest) can include:

  • Pain in the lower back or at the side of the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fluid in the area around the lung
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss (without trying)
  • Trouble swallowing (feeling like food gets stuck)
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling of the face and arms

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma can include:

  • Abdominal (belly) pain
  • Swelling or fluid in the abdomen
  • Weight loss (without trying)
  • Nausea and vomiting

The Strength of a Survivor

In 2006, Cameron Von St. James and Heather Von St. James were just beginning to celebrate the birth of their baby girl, Lily, when they were caught off-guard; Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma. She was told that she only had 15 months (456 days) left to live.

After considering her options, Heather opted in to a life-saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung. She is now “thriving more than ever,” according to her husband Cameron.

Being one of a few survivors, Heather’s family has now made it their mission to spread awareness of the disease that almost took Heather from them. It is a preventable disease that takes numerous innocent lives every year.

For more information on Heather’s journey, visit her Facebook page, follow her on Twitter, or check out her awareness page. To find out more about mesothelioma or the treatment options, check out mesothelioma.com.

Why Girls Should Never Stop Wearing High-Waisted Shorts: A Response Article

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I recently came across a quite nauseating article entitled “Why Girls Should Stop Wearing High-Waisted Shorts” written by an unnamed writer of the popular site Total Fraternity Move, or TFM. If you haven’t had the chance to read it, the article goes to express why one man believes that all women everywhere should stop wearing high-waisted denim shorts. His reasoning is compelling; get this, he doesn’t like them! I am fully aware of everyone’s right to an opinion, but this article was so disturbing and ignorant that I felt I had to pose an argument. I will now continue to tell you why articles like these promote misogyny, how they encourage body shaming, and, of course, why girls should continue to rock the high-waisted look, and whatever the hell else they want.

I’d like to preface this one with the same disclaimer: I am not a fashion designer. I am…

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Job hunting made easy

This article was originally published in The Cougar. To view the original story, click here.

 

A new semester is about to begin at UH and everyone is gearing up for fall classes. For those graduating this semester, more than classes will be on their minds.

The world beyond graduation is something that many students worry about. Thankfully, UH students have plenty of options to help them navigate the waters:

  • University Career Services
  • Rockwell Career Center
  • Cullen College of Engineering Career Center
  • Hotel Restaurant Management Career Services
  • College of Technology Career Services
  • Law Center Career Development Office

All of these offer services to help students zero in on their strengths, work on their resumes or curriculum vitae and help them secure a job after graduation.

For those feeling lost, never fear: these establishments are here to help, as is this breakdown of several of the centers and how they can help.

University Career Services

UCS offers a multitude of services to assist students on their road to success. Not only does the center offer resume improvement services, but also major exploration, one-on-one counseling and skills workshops ranging from mock interviews to job searching.

“Students often do not know that we assist with graduate school planning, whether it be law school, medical school, pharmacy school or other graduate programs,” said UCS CLASS Career Counselor Andrew Tessmer. “We can assist with determining if your plan fits within the time frame you are considering, if your plan meets your values and interests, what you can do with your graduate degree or even how to apply.  We also do personal statement critiques and can assist you on how to approach professors for letters of recommendation.”

UCS also helps recent graduates and alumni via Alumni Career Services.

“Recent graduates have access to our services for free for one semester immediately following graduation,” said Alumni Career Counselor and CLASS Career Counselor Sydney Webster. “During the semester after graduation, they are able to meet with career counselors, come to walk-in hours, participate in Alumni Career Fairs, on-campus recruiting, and attend workshops on career development topics such as resume building, interviewing tips, or how to work a career fair. For example, a summer graduate would have access to these services until the end of the fall semester.”

Overall, University Career Services works with and coaches all majors, so all students and alumni should feel comfortable walking into UCS (located in the Student Services building) and asking for help.

Advice from UCS on how to get hired after graduation:

  1. Make strong connections with faculty, staff and other students while you are still at UH.  It is much easier for you to grow your network of future colleagues while you are still active on campus and in the same classes.  Networking is the most important job search strategy.
  2. Visit UCS early and often. The transition from backpack to briefcase will be exponentially easier for you if you are well prepared and know what to expect.  Be an active participant in your own career planning.
  3. Research, research, research! Research what you can do with your major. Research what types of positions align best with your values and goals.  Research which companies will provide the type of environment that you want to work in.  Research what the average pay is so you are prepared for salary negotiations.  Research the position requirements and the organization so you are prepared for the interview.  All the research papers you will have to do at UH are not just assignments for your classes; they are preparing you for your future.

Rockwell Career Center

Nestled within the Bauer School of Business, Rockwell Career Center is exclusively for business majors. Since its establishment in 1997, Rockwell has tripled the number of career counseling appointments their office delivers to Bauer students. The center now has more than 3,000 one-on-one meetings with students each year to assist them with career development.

Another increase has been noted in the job department. The number of jobs posted for Bauer students has increased seven-fold in the past ten years (from 300 to more than 2,100 each year).

“By having a dedicated career center, we’re able to work closely with faculty, students and employers at Bauer to better connect Bauer students with those employers who are specifically seeking business majors,” said Assistant Dean of the Rockwell Career Center Jamie Belinne. “When companies are seeking majors other than business, we refer them to University Career Services of the appropriate college career center to find those students.”

Rockwell offers job postings, on-campus interviews, workshops, webinars, online tools, salary data, career counseling, mock interview weeks and networking events to business students. These services are also offered to alumni.

While Bauer students are encouraged to take advantage of the services offered by UCS, resources specific to their major would come from Rockwell. Just as the career centers in the schools of technology, law, social work, and hotel restaurant management can specifically help students with those majors, Rockwell is the best resource for business students.

Advice from Rockwell on how to get hired after graduation:

  1. Work with your career center.
  2. Network with professionals through relevant student or community organizations.
  3. Do an internship relevant to your field.

“Race for Control” to spread diabetes awareness

This article was originally published in The Daily Cougar (now The Cougar). To view the original story, click here.

 

Get ready to run for your life. Run for your sisters, mothers, fathers, your best friends and your grandparents. Just run for the lives of those affected by diabetes.

The UH American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists’ Operation Diabetes Initiative, partnering with the American Diabetes Association, will host its first annual Race for Control: 5K and Fitness Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 30.

This event is free for all participants, whether they are running in the 5K or Family Fun Mile or just attending the Fitness Festival. All proceeds will benefit the ADA, whose goal is to raise $2,000 and have 300 people participate in the event.

A Fundraiser That’s Free?

The Race for Control is, again, free for all participants, despite the fact that it is a fundraiser. The ADA plans to secure funding through generous donations online and at the event as well as through raffle prizes and t-shirt sales offered at the Fitness Festival.

“Raising awareness is more important to us than securing donations. Here are a few statistics that show why we believe in helping people learn how to manage their diabetes. 29.1 million people (1 out of every 11 people) in the United States have diabetes, and a lot of us personally know some of them, and want to do something about it. Medical costs for diabetics are twice as high as for people without diabetes,” said APhA-ASP Operation Diabetes Co-Chair Stefanie Underwood.

Out of the 29.1 million people Underwood mentioned above, 1 out of 4 don’t know they have diabetes. 86 million people (more than 1 out of 3 adults) have prediabetes and 9 out of 10 of those people do not know they are prediabetic. Without intervention, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within five years.

Diabetics are also at risk for blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, strokes, and amputations. At least 1 out of 3 people will develop diabetes in their lifetime. At this time, 30 million children and adults suffer from diabetes in the United States. Of that number, nearly 95 percent have type 2. Underwood said about 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in adults 20 and older during 2010 due to diabetes. About 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations are done on people with diabetes. Diabetes remains the eighth leading cause of death in the United States as of 2012.

Educational opportunities abound at Race for Control. Vendors will offer services that promote diabetes awareness and self-care, educational information booths, and even free health screenings including BMI, blood glucose and diabetic foot exams.

“I have a family history of diabetes but have a limited knowledge about diabetes, which is why I am looking forward to this event where I can learn, find resources and take advantage of the screening. This event allows family and friends to get physically prepared for the 5K and learn more about diabetes, so if approached by others about it, we have the knowledge to discuss with them and share resources,” said runner Angela Hanks, who said she will run with her daughter Taylor Torjcak and close friend Ginger Pinske. Her other daughter, Ashley, is President of the APhA-ASP UH College of Pharmacy.

Two of the most recent vendors to sign on to Race for Control are Prima Pasta and Starbucks. Prima Pasta is giving out $10 gift certificates to the first 200 that arrive at the race, while Starbucks donated free coffee and cups to pass out on the day of the race.

“I think it just raises awareness for the whole community. It brings people together. I had heard there were some sponsors out there with some products that I had never heard about and so I am interested in seeing that. I’m pretty well off; I have great insurance, so all of my stuff is covered, but I think it’s a great way for the (College of Pharmacy) to be reaching out to the lower socioeconomic so they can get their blood tested and their feet checked. It’s even good for some people that may not even know they have diabetes,” said event participant Sandy Klein, who said she will attend with her husband. Sandy and her father both have diabetes.

For more information on this event or to register for it, head to its website or Facebook page.