The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation announced today that cellist Alisa Weilerstein will do advocacy work for it. When she was 9, doctors diagnosed with diabetes and she has dealt with it well, especially considering the rigors of being an international soloist. She has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony and surely will be back, so we can talk about it with her more then.
"That Ms. Weilerstein maintains such a busy schedule while managing her diabetes 24 hours a day, seven days a week makes her an excellent example of how diabetes does not mean curtailing ambition, a message she aims to spread in her new role," said the Foundation in a release.
Not only is it great that Weilerstein is doing this, but it also is heartening that classical music still has the star power that foundations would even look to it for spreading the word about something cause it is just another example of how relevant it is despite what some naysayers predict.