By Jared Acosta
Did you know that over thirty-seven million Americans suffer from diabetes? That’s more than 1 in every 10, and 1 in 5 people with diabetes aren’t even aware that they have it.
BUSHKILL, PA | On Sept. 9-11, 2022, Petrizzo’s Italian Restaurant is hosting Bushstock, a once-yearly fundraising drive to raise money for the Monroe County Diabetes Society. The event was started after a man enrolled his daughter in a summer camp geared at teaching children how to manage diabetes properly. Learning that there was no charge for the program and that it was funded entirely through donations, a group of friends gathered together to share their resources and talent so other children could have access to the same life-saving skills. With the public’s full support, the event quickly became a local happening that everyone looked forward to celebrating each year on the weekend following Labor Day. For the past thirteen years, the celebration has been organized by John Petrizzo, Chris London, Randy Heisler, Michael Kessler, and Bob and Lynn Scodony.
What is the Monroe County Diabetes Society?
According to the Facebook event page, the Monroe County Diabetes Society was established in 1987 as a non-profit charitable organization. All funds received go directly to assisting diabetics in Monroe County. Each year the MCDS sends children to special diabetic camps to learn to manage their diabetes and interact with others who share their condition. In addition, MCDS provides temporary diabetic supplies and assistance to residents diabetics. The officers and staff are volunteers, and other local non-profit organizations donate their office space and supplies.
More information can be found on the Facebook event page. Event attendees are asked to make a $10 donation to benefit the Monroe County Diabetes Society as a cover charge for each day of the event.
Petrizzo’s Italian Restaurant
Address: 6171 Milford Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302
Phone: (570) 588-6414