Hye Shakar IV Concert to Benefit Juvenile Diabetes in Armenia

The Juvenile Diabetes Project of the Armenian American Medical Society of California will be sponsoring Hye Shakar IV at the Glendale High School Auditorium on February 27 at 3:30 PM. The project has been in operation since 1993–supplying all juvenile diabetics in Armenia–Artsakh–and even those in southern Georgia–with human insulin–visual teststrips–supplies–and information about their blood sugars. The effort has dramatically reduced the short and long-term complications from this devastating disease.

The concert will star the a capella singing group Zulal from New York and the amazing drummer Jacob Armen and his band.

Before the start of the Juvenile Diabetes Project–juvenile diabetes in Armenia meant a life of frequent short term complications from low blood sugars (hypoglycemia) resulting in coma and even death–and long term complications from high blood sugars (hyperglycemia) resulting in weight loss–blindness–kidney disease–hypertension–nerve damage–stroke–and heart disease. Life was not only severely shortened–but was also very depressing and difficult.

The program has supplied children with visual blood teststrips (which they split to get several readings)–human insulin–syringes–lancets–and the proper books in eastern Armenian–to markedly reduce both the short and long term complications of the disease in children–allowing them to lead a near normal lifestyle.

As a result– they have been able to plan their education–careers–and expect a normal life. No other program has made such a dramatic improvement in children with diabetes in the former Soviet Union.

With the $12,000 raised by the Knights of Vartan Sevan Tahlij 50th anniversary banquet in 2003 and the money raised by the Hye Shakar III concert in 2004–the organization was able to purchase two years of visual teststrips for the children.

The money raised from the upcoming concert will be used to purchase human insulin. All supplies are given to children without charge and are sent to Armenia through the United Armenian Fund. The project is under the guidance of Dr. Elmira Pashinyan–Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital #4 in Yerevan. The 600 patients covered by this project range from under one year of age to their late teens and early twenties. Ticket prices are $50–$37.50–$25–$15–as well as a separate section for high school students for $10 with a valid school ID. Tickets can be purchased from the following:

SFV/Hollywood: Hourig (323) 466-0497

Glendale: Marina (818) 243-5731

Pasadena: Seda (818) 790-7271

Orange County: Olga (949) 574-3508

San Diego: Mark (858) 259-9337

Dr. Malayan (818) 550-0702

Abril Bookstore (818) 243-4112

Sardarabad Bookstore (818) 500-0790

All donations should be sent to the AAMSC at 834 Ida Ave. Solana Beach–CA 92075 and will be listed in the program. The AAMSC is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.

All proceeds from the concert will go towards the purchase of medicine to improve the lives of children in Armenia with stricken by diabetes.

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