VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Jan. 17 In 2007, Good NeighborPharmacy(R) featuring Diabetes Shoppe(R), teamed up with "Iron Andy" Holder aspart of the "Managing Diabetes: Living Without Limits" campaign. Andy set outto speak about living with diabetes as an Ironman competitor, but his messageresonated with dozens of individuals who were inspired by his story -- to livewithout limits, no matter what their daily challenges.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2005 at age 36, Andy Holder wasdetermined not to let the disease hold him back. He decided to take control ofhis diabetes and inspire others by becoming an Ironman competitor. As anIronman, Andy must swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a full marathon of26.2 miles. With the help of his endocrinologist, Certified Diabetes Educator(CDE) and local Good Neighbor pharmacist, Andy safely manages his diseaseduring extreme training and competition.
During this past year, Andy participated in athletic events throughout thecountry. At his stops, Andy spoke to various groups at local Good NeighborPharmacies, at health expos and at diabetes support-group events to inspirepeople to take an active role in managing their disease and to educate them onhow their pharmacist may be able to help with their daily challenges.
One of Andy's biggest fans is Rochelle Parker of Murfreesboro, Tenn.Rochelle noted, "Andy was a HUGE motivator for my son, Drake. Andy haslistened to Drake's trials and issues about living with diabetes. My son isvery athletic. He plays football, basketball, and baseball, and for him tosee another person who is type 1 and doing something that others say isimpossible was very much needed in his life. Drake's motto is: 'If Andy canbe an Ironman then I can do this.'"
Rochelle went on to say, "I guess the main thing that I love about Andy ishe just gets my son and everything he's going through, and he can provide thesupport and encouragement that Drake needs living with diabetes."
Stories like Rochelle's have been captured on a Good Neighbor Pharmacyprogram website -- Diabetes Shoppe'shttp://livingwithoutlimits.diabetes-shoppe.com. The site will profile anumber of people who have been inspired by Andy's story. The website alsoposts Andy's schedule for the upcoming year.
For more information about the Managing Diabetes: Living Without LimitsCampaign, visit http://livingwithoutlimits.diabetes-shoppe.com. Informationis also available at Diabetes Shoppe, located inside Good Neighbor Pharmaciesacross the country.
About AmerisourceBergen(R), Good Neighbor Pharmacy(R) and DiabetesShoppe(R)
Good Neighbor Pharmacy, an AmerisourceBergen program, is a network ofnearly 2,800 independently owned and operated community pharmacies. DiabetesShoppe offers marketing and educational support to independent pharmacies thatare dedicated to the care and management of diabetes patients. There arecurrently over 1,000 Diabetes Shoppe members, located in independentpharmacies nationwide. Diabetes Shoppe is an offering of AmerisourceBergen.
AmerisourceBergen is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical servicescompanies serving the United States, Canada and selected global markets.Servicing both pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers in thepharmaceutical supply channel, the Company provides drug distribution andrelated services designed to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes.AmerisourceBergen's service solutions range from pharmacy automation andpharmaceutical packaging to reimbursement and pharmaceutical consultingservices. With more than $66 billion in annualized revenue, AmerisourceBergenis headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, and employs more than 11,500 people.AmerisourceBergen is ranked #29 on the Fortune 500 list. For moreinformation, go to www.amerisourcebergen.com.Feb. 2: Sandy, Utah; ADA Expo Salt Lake City Mar. 29: Oceanside, Calif.;