Healthy Moments Episode

Sugar Ray Leonard and the Fight of His Life

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Nov 1, 2010 | Download Audio

Sugar Ray Leonard* talks about his father's costly battle with diabetes, and Dr. Rodgers directs listeners to resources for financial assistance.


Even boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard knows how costly diabetes can be.

"But I had to face the reality of my father's illness and the incredible medical bills that resulted from his life with diabetes. My decision to turn professional was based on the desire to help my family cover the cost of my father's care."

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Sugar Ray took on the fight of his life to help his dad pay for diabetes care, but you don't have to be a professional athlete to help yourself or your family.

If you're in need of financial assistance, find out about resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and programs that can assist with prescription drugs and medical supplies.

Go to "Financial Help for Diabetes" Care on our NIDDK website or This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.​


*A special thanks to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for providing Sugar Ray Leonard's audio.


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