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.
Black Bean and Corn Salad BLT Macaroni Salad Pecan-Crusted Chicken Almond Apricot Meringue Cookies Apple-Cheddar Muffins Homemade Pizza Egg Rolls Bread Pudding with Cherries Sunrise Fitness Smoothie Curried Pea Rice Tempeh Sandwich
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...