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Khaasbaat: A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida noted Dr. Koshy’s participation in a local walkathon to benefit diabetes research and education efforts. (Note that University Community Hospital is now Florida Hospital-Tampa.) Here’s the scoop.

BAPS CHARITIES, UCH DIABETES INSTITUTE HOLD TAMPA WALKATHON

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7 percent of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease. On Jan. 12, more than 150 Tampa residents converged at Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa to support diabetes awareness by participating in the annual BAPS Charities Walkathon. In keeping with its theme, "Building a Better Community, One Step at a Time," part of the proceeds from this year's walkathon will go to University Community Hospital's Diabetes & Endocrinology Institute. The 3-mile Walkathon attracted people of all ages. Lorna Miller and Dr. Saji Koshy from University Community Hospital thanked everyone at the event. The Walkathon kickoff ceremony started with introductions of various dignitaries, including Dr. Dipak Shah as well as sponsors of the event. Shah brought a goodwill message on behalf of Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, who had supported the event, but couldn't attend in person. Speaking on behalf of the associated beneficiary UCH, Koshy thanked BAPS Charities for being "health conscious about the community." For information on BAPS Charities and its international and local philanthropic activities, visit www.bapscharities.org.