Volume 95, Issue 55

Thursday, January 10, 2002
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By Kristina Lundblad
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Last night's University Students' Council meeting saw a former vice president return to his old stomping grounds to let students know what he's doing in the fight against diabetes.

Perry Monaco, 1999/2000 USC VP-campus issues, made a presentation to council to discuss diabetes and his plans to run a marathon in Ireland in October to raise money for diabetes research.

Shortly after he graduated, Monaco went to a doctor and was told he had a skin condition that put him at high risk for diabetes. Similarly, Monaco knew that, by being overweight, he was especially susceptible to diabetes.

As a result, Monaco set upon a quest to both lose weight and help fight the disease.

"I needed a reason – outside of it just being for me," Monaco said.

Monaco then teamed up with Canadian Diabetes Association's program for marathon runners, which offers a trip anywhere in the world to run a marathon in exchange for the participant raising money.

Thus far, Monaco has lost 70 pounds and raised $4,000 for CDA. Thirty per cent of the money has been raised by individuals and the remaining by corporations.

VP-campus issues Sera Vavala said she was especially touched by Monaco's efforts because they affect her directly.

"I have been diabetic for 17 years and any initiative which raises money for diabetes research is wonderful," she said.

"I think it is incredible that someone would give so much of themselves to others," Vavala said.

USC president Mike Lawless has shown his support by donating one month's salary from singing at The Spoke to CDA.

Since the beginning of this school year, Lawless has been donating his salary from The Spoke to a different charity each month. So far, Shinerama, Terry Fox, the Red Cross World Trade Center relief fund and the United Way have benefited from this initiative, he said.

Once the marathon is finished in Ireland, Monaco's formal commitment to the CDA is over, but he said he will continue to raise money for them in the future.

"I want to stress that this is something that is so important for people to get involved in because it affects a lot of people, especially at this school," Monaco said.

He also encouraged students to visit his website – www.perrymonaco.com – for details.

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