The grant will help fund a diabetes screening day, for which Aetna will be the title sponsor this fall. Aetna representatives will share information about the risk factors connected with diabetes, and what people can do to help manage the disease.
"A significant portion of Aetna's philanthropic donations has been used to target diabetes and childhood obesity, which present tremendous health challenges in the Atlanta area," said Cynthia Follmer, president of Aetna's Georgia market. "Working with organizations like the Ryan Cameron Foundation, we hope to raise awareness of this growing problem and help people in this community learn to live healthier, more productive lives."
Aetna provides health benefits to more than 500,000 people in Georgia.
Ryan Cameron is the voice behind Atlanta's No. 1 afternoon drive time slot on Atlanta's Heritage Station V-103 where he speaks to hundreds of thousands of people every weekday. His versatile personality has sustained him in the media arena for nearly 20 years, providing him with other acclaimed successes. In addition to his radio duties, he currently hosts his own show, Ryan Cameron: Uncensored on the Starz InBlack Television Network and is the first African-American public address announcer in the history of the NBA franchise, Atlanta Hawks.
Cameron has been a staunch supporter of Atlanta's communities for more than 15 years, leading him to form the Ryan Cameron Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) recognized by the IRS, to better organize his outreach efforts. His long-standing relationships and programs continue to benefit the community year after year. The establishment of the foundation helps provide Atlanta's youth with tools of empowerment, preparing them for their future roles as leaders. Some of these tools include: mentoring, tutoring, volunteering, business etiquette, self-reflection, leadership instruction and life skills. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded grants to over 40 non-profit organizations and scholarships to six students.
"The Ryan Cameron Foundation is very excited to have received such a tremendous grant from Aetna. We cannot thank the Georgia Center for Nonprofits enough for their incredible support and desire to help facilitate our meeting," said Kysha Cameron, president of the Ryan Cameron Foundation. "Thanks to Aetna's generous donation, we will work tirelessly together on the initiative of diabetes education and awareness. It is because of the support of a company like Aetna that the Ryan Cameron Foundation is able to continue to touch the lives of so many young people in the city of Atlanta."
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