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.
Maple-Glazed Pears and Cereal Snow Peas and Brown Rice Wine-Glazed Ravioli and Asparagus Chicken Chow Mein Monkey Bread Rich 'n' Creamy Beef and Onions over Broccoli Spicy Vegetable Omelette Hummus-Stuffed Vegetables Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon Broccoli Spaghetti
Many people say that depression is a side effect or complication of diabetes. Without discounting the association of the psychological condition with the physical one, I'm not convinced that our high and/or unstable glucose levels are directly responsible for that change in our mental state. My belief is that the unrelenting need for self-care, for following the sort of care schedules that can drive licensed, professional caregivers crazy, is what overwhelms us...