From musicians to comedians to NBA basketball players, stars across the map gathered at the Carousel of Hope Ball to raise money for diabetes research and treatment. Carousel of Hope Ball is philanthropist Barbara Davis' juvenile diabetes fundraiser gala, and in its 28th installment, the diabetes outlook shined brighter than ever.
On Oct. 11, the Beverly Hilton Hotel featured appearances from famous faces such as Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson, Josh Groban, Kenny "Babyface" Nelson and Jay Leno - all to join the fight against diabetes.
Makings of the Hope Ball
Davis and her husband founded the event and established the Children's Diabetes Foundation after their daughter, Dana, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 7 in the 1970s. At that time, treatment options were limited, so the two parents put their effort and money together to seek a cure for the blood glucose disease.
Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, affects roughly 29 million Americans, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Between the time when the foundation was founded in the 1970s and today, the prognosis for someone with diabetes has improved drastically. Bolstered by rapidly evolving technology, medicine has ushered in more efficient glucose monitoring, better insulin options and improved measures to prevent diabetes complications. Scientists are even developing a bionic pancreas that could eliminate the need for constant glucose monitoring among diabetic individuals.
Raising money and awareness
The black-tie, invitation-only Carousel of Hope Ball has been a big hit in years past, and this year was no exception. Since its founding in 1978, the biannual event has raised more than $100 million, helping fund childhood diabetes research and treatment. All proceeds go the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes and the Children's Diabetes Foundation. In addition to Hudson and company at the event, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, Rod Stewart and others attended the dazzling ball.
Beyond the celebrities in attendance, a handful of A-list stars have diabetes themselves. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and B.B. King are among the famed and acclaimed who live with the blood sugar disease, and in many cases, some celebrities said that having the disease has made them stronger.
Daughter Dana Davis pointed out to CBS News that one in three babies who are born now will develop diabetes at some point in their life. And when a child has diabetes, it's not only something the kid has to deal with - it's something the whole family faces. Diabetes treatment can seem overwhelming at first, but with help from the right team - consisting of a doctor, perhaps a nutritionist, other professionals, family and friends - children can effectively manage the blood sugar disease.