(2/14/14) Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls along with WKBT News 8000 have gone live for a third year with Diabetes Diaries,
an online cause campaign dedicated to help raise awareness for Diabetes through a website filled with reader submitted stories that revolve around each person's experience with the disease. As in the past, the two businesses will be holding a contest for the best story received. The winner will receive $1,000 plus an additional $1,000 donation will be given to the American Diabetes Association on behalf of the winner.
According to Rob Reider, Director of Marketing at Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls the website, Mydiabetesdiary.org, was ultimately created as an online outlet or hub for people dealing with Diabetes.
"Yes you have a chance to win $1,000 by submitting your story," says Reider, "but more importantly your story could offer much needed support to someone else who is dealing with the same obstacles as you. It's about letting people know that they are not alone with this disease."
Stories for this year's contest must be submitted no later than March 23. No specific criteria are used to judge the letters. All are read and reviewed by a team looking to award the most inspirational write up.
Last year's winner, Megan Muehlenbruch, illustrated how she turned her negative situation into something positive.
"In her story," Reider explains, "she actually credits the disease for having taught her more than taking from her. That positive attitude certainly stuck with us and was probably the ultimate deciding factor. Megan's story was not the only inspirational letter that was entered. There were many, many worthy stories. Unfortunately, we can only choose one."
The 3rd Annual Diabetes Diary is open to any person with a story to share. "Maybe the story is about you and your personal struggles with Diabetes. Maybe it's your child who lives with this disease. Maybe it's your parent. Whatever your story, we encourage you to share it. Even if you have shared it before, do it again," says Reider.
People wishing to share their story, read other stories or learn more about Diabetes are encouraged to visit www.mydiabetesdiary.org .
Ho-Chunk Gaming – Black River Falls is owned and operated by Ho-Chunk Nation Enterprises, with headquarters in Black River Falls, Wis. Ho-Chunk Nation Enterprises also owns and operates Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wisconsin Dells, Ho-Chunk Gaming - Madison, Ho-Chunk Gaming - Nekoosa, Ho-Chunk Gaming - Tomah and Ho-Chunk Gaming - Wittenberg. For more information, call Ho-Chunk Gaming – Black River Falls at 800-647-4621 or go online www.ho-chunkgaming.com.