February 21, 2015


Above is a photo of Barry and Linda Gibb with Gary Kleiman, the Executive Director of Medical Development at the Diabetes Research Institute. (For those who have not read the previous story about Barry and Gary, check it out on the front of GSI website or on this blog January, 2014).  This photo was taken at the Love and Hope Ball on Valentine’s Day. We all look forward to the pretty pictures from the Ball, but we often forget why Barry and Linda are present at this event year after year. After a nearly 40-year friendship with Gary and the DRI, Barry and Linda’s dedication to this charity inspires me to continue to spread awareness to fans. Gary’s battle with Type I diabetes continues, and he possesses courage and determination that I doubt I could muster if faced with the same challenge.

I recently made another visit to the DRI (seen above) to touch base with the scientists, who all refer to “the fight” against diabetes and their determination to find a cure. They are the soldiers on the front lines, working tirelessly to stop this insidious disease. I titled this piece BEE GEE BRIGADE because I envision fans in every country joining with the many researchers around the world who are part of the Cure Alliance. Each and every one of you can make a difference, and I urge you to visit their website and  Facebook page and take up the fight to support these brilliant and talented scientists.

In the next several days, I will post updates on what the Diabetes Research Institute scientists are doing now and share photos from my visit. I again walked away shaking my head in awe, moved and excited about what the DRI and every member of the team is doing to help those afflicted with this disease. I hope you will be encouraged to take action and follow in Barry and Linda’s footsteps as supporters for this most worthy cause.

About morobinbarrystories

Anne Jakowenko, the blog author, has been loving the Bee Gees for decades while raising her sons and teaching college students Speech Communication and English skills at her alma mater, Syracuse University, where she received her Master’s degree. She has also taught for SUNY Oswego and Barry University. Currently, Anne is teaching for the State College of Florida while she continues to collect stories for her book, My Life with the Boys.
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  1. Cheryl Henson says:

    I thank you for supporting Diabetes research. My daughter has type 1 & diagnosed this last year. It is a constant thought. Love y’all dearly.

  2. Nancy Lang says:

    Thank you for your support. I understand diabetes very well, although not as well as my oldest daughter who is almost 37 and has had diabetes her entire life, since she was eight months old. Such a shock then.

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