Gary Russell Biography
Claim to Fame: Entrepreneur
Diabetes Type: 1
Gary Russell is the President and co-founder of Fifty50 Foods, and has had type 1 diabetes for over 35 years. Along with vice president and registered dietitian Pat Gawdun, Russell's goal has been to produce safe, high-quality products for the diabetes community, including medical supplies, accessories, and a line of low glycemic foods.
Russell began Fifty50 Foods in 1990 with only three products, but he stuck to his promise to donate 50% of his profits toward diabetes research. Within two years, Fifty50 Foods was so successful that Russell donated $15,000 worth of profits. Now, nearly 20 years later, his products are still acclaimed by buyers and he has contributed an estimated $11,000,000 toward finding a cure for diabetes. Russell jokes that when researchers do find a cure, he will not mind going out of business.
Marinated Roasted Olives Grilled Zucchini and Cheese Wrap Chocolate Cream (Dairy) Minestrone Soup with Barley and Pesto Spaghetti Casserole German Style Pork Acorn Squash Green Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms Steak with Red and Yellow Pepper Strips Chutney Cheese Spread with Raisins
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...