In memory of Oscar Thomas, the foundation spreads the message of diabetes education, health and wellness. The National Diabetes 2017 Statistics Report revealed that 30.3 million people or 9.4% of the United States population have diabetes. 23.1 million people were diagnosed, 7.2 million undiagnosed, and 84.1 million pre-diabetics.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the U.S. Ranked the seventh leading cause of death in the Americas, a major cause of heart disease and stroke, diabetes is one of the most rampant diseases of our time.
With these startling statistics, the OTF participates in diabetes walks, hosts educational workshops, cooking classes and shares information for and about the disease.