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Contact: Linda Johnson
WCA Hospital Public Relations
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Pictured are members of Der Kobblers Automobile Association (from left), Bruce Macey, James Cappalino, Sam Ognibene, Dave Juhl, Randy Hutley, Mike Allette and Greg Palmer. (In front), Jackie Carlson R.D., CDE, and Kathy Krieg RN, CDE, WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educators. The local car club members were joined by their friends Howard Warren, Irv, Joe Poierer, Stew Wright, Jerry Brown, from Canada. Their friends from the north recently helped club member Greg Palmer when he became stranded in Syracuse after he broke a motor mount on his 1930 Ford Model A.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, March 29, 2010)— Members of Der Kobblers Automobile Association recently donated funds to the WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program which were applied to the purchase of a television and laptop computer to assist with patient education programs.

The funds were raised from the registration fees at the Annual Der Kobblers Automobile Association Inc., Midway State Park Labor Day Cruise-In Car Show which draws hundreds of spectators with more than 300 car entries.

“Our donation is about making a difference in the community,” said Greg Palmer, board member of Der Kobblers. “I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 and understand the importance of supporting programs that help people control and manage their disease. Donating to WCA Hospital is our club’s way of keeping our promise to help patients diagnosed with diabetes live healthier lives.”

Over the past several years, Der Kobblers donations to WCA have been used to help furnish the diabetes teaching classrooms and toward the purchase of education books and CDs, and ancillary patient education support resources.

“Our program provides information and resources to help patients adjust to life with diabetes,” said Kathy Krieg, R.N., WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educator. “The generous support from Der Kobblers provides us with the valuable education tools to empower patients to take charge of their health and improve their daily quality of life. We extend our gratitude to the many supporters of the Der Kobblers car show who help contribute to our program’s success.”

According to the 2007 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 23.6 million children and adults in the United States or 7.8% of the population have diabetes. The WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program offers individual and group education services from initial consultation to follow-up teaching and guidance. The program helps clients develop a healthy lifestyle through exercise, weight management and medication therapy. The program allows instructors to customize teaching plans for each client. For those newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, two classes are scheduled twice a month. The WCA Hospital Diabetes Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association since 2000 for providing quality education that meet all national standards for diabetes self-management.

For more information on the WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program, call (716)763-7378 or (716) 763-7390. A physician referral is necessary to access the program.

About Der Kobblers

In 1958, a group of local young men who all shared an interest in modifying their automobiles, got together and decided to start a club to help encourage and educate other youth in the safe building and operation of modified cars (hot rods). In the mid 60s, they had grown and decided to become incorporated – thus Der Kobblers Automobile Association, Inc., was truly born. The name was chosen carefully as it means “the craftsman” in German. Throughout this growing period and beyond, they have been an active group of individuals, encouraging others who share their passion to promote their sport safely. They have both attended and sponsored many car shows, including several ISCA shows held in Jamestown during the early 70s.

Today, Der Kobblers have an active membership which includes some of the original members. Growing with the times, they now have their first ever female members and are once again enjoying the fellowship and camaraderie that comes with sharing the love of a common interest. They co-sponsor the Labor Day show at Midway Park with the State of New York and have joined forces with the WCA Hospital Diabetes Program to raise funds to help the hospital’s wonderful cause.

2008 marked their 50th anniversary of hot-rodding. Der Kobblers are still out there pounding the streets and providing to the community and you can be a hot-rodder and a responsible member of society. For more information or to join Der Kobblers, call (716) 665-2270.

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