This weekend, I’ll be one of 10 artists at the New York Academy of Medicine participating in the creation of a Live Mural Art Project to raise awareness for the UN Summit on NCD prevention and the impact of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases on our lives. The organizers of the event include The International Diabetes Federation and the NCD Alliance.
I’d like to share the following quote from the NCD alliance website that got my attention.
“The World Economic Forum’s 2010 Global Risks Report identifies NCDs as the second most severe threat to the global economy in terms of likelihood and potential economic loss. According to the Global Risk Report, NCDs are a global risk equal in cost to the current global financial crisis. “
I’m direclty involved because my Dad has been suffering from congestive heart failure and diabetes for a number of years. He is a former boxer, football player and father of nine children. I’ve witnessed the severe slow motion impact of these diseases on him and my Mom. Over the summer, one of my brothers said to me if only more people knew what this experience was like. I’ll try to let you know at least a little bit about my experience of these diseases through my participation in this project. Check back here for updates and images from the project.
A special thanks in advance to the artist and patient rights advocate Regina Holiday and Isabella Platon of the International Diabetes Foundation.