ADW Diabetes paid tribute to Joyce Malaskovitz, PhD, RN, CDE, and was announced as ADW Diabetes Educator of the Year, this past Friday, May 1, 2009 at an award ceremony held at The Boca Raton Resort & Club. Created to recognize the unsung heroes of the diabetes epidemic, the Diabetes Educator of the Year Contest was an opportunity to bring together all factions of the community to raise awareness for the often-devastating implications of this disease.

Diabetes EducatorHosted by veteran television news anchor who has type 1 diabetes, Joel Connable, and sponsored by Home Diagnostics Inc, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of diabetes management solutions, the Second Annual Diabetes Educator of the Year Awards Ceremony was a platform for like-minded and concerned individuals to come together and share ideas. Event attendees ranged from those whose lives have been touched by diabetes, members of the medical community, and concerned citizens looking to make an impact on this devastating disease. In addition, the event featured prominent speakers such as Donna Rice, immediate Past President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and Charlie Kimball, a 24 year-old professional race car driving phenom who made international history with a podium finish in the Formula 3 Euro series in his first race after he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2007.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received in our efforts to recognize the hard work put in by so many healthcare professionals across the country,” said Chris Maguire, Vice President of ADW Diabetes. “All three of our finalists encompass the spirit and passion necessary to make an impact in the fight against diabetes and we are honored to have such extraordinary individuals as part of the ADW family.”

Joyce Malaskovitz was chosen by the community-at-large as this year’s winner because of her commitment, compassion, and ability to provide much-needed education and care to the diabetes community throughout her career. She has dedicated her entire 28-year nursing career to improving the lives of those living with diabetes and strategically partnering with organizations and businesses to assist her in achieving her personal and professional dreams for people with diabetes. For her patients, she is their voice, educator, leader, advocate and friend.

About ADW:
ADW Diabtes is a discount mail order company that is dedicated to keeping diabetes management affordable. ADW is focused on helping customers effectively manage their disease by providing one of the largest selections of diabetes supplies products, fast service, significant discounts and support for customers who have health insurance, as well as the uninsured. ADW provides top-quality, brand name diabetic supplies and over-the-counter pharmacy items at a significantly discounted price in comparison to other retail outlets.

ADW takes a leading role in diabetic education through Destination Diabetes, an informational component of the ADW Diabetes website featuring tips and advice from diabetes and nutrition experts, diabetic recipes and more. They also host an online diabetic forum, send out informative diabetes newsletters and maintain a company blog. The company is also at the forefront of honoring those who work with people living with diabetes, and created the Diabetes Educator of the Year Award, an annual contest honoring health professionals who have demonstrated superior service in their respective specialties. ADW is involved in and supports the diabetes community and organizations that further diabetes education and research.

The company has been providing diabetic supplies to consumers through its website and via toll free phone at 877-241-9002 for the past five years.