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Victor Garber returning home

April 20, 2012

Titanic star to help raise funds and awareness for the Canadian Diabetes Association

LONDON, ON, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – To mark the 30-year milestone of
London’s best culinary fundraising event, The Meal, the Canadian Diabetes Association welcomes London native Victor Garber
as this year’s Honourary Chair and special guest.

Best known for his portrayal of Thomas Andrews in the Academy
award-winning motion picture Titanic, Garber was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12.  This was
two years before his professional career began.  No matter what the
role, he refuses to let diabetes take centre stage. “I tell everyone I
have diabetes. If I’m doing a play, I make sure the stage manager knows
to have a glass of juice ready,” says Garber.

He mentions that it’s important for people to know how serious diabetes
is as it can lead to complications such as blindness and amputation. 
He also knows it can be devastating and dramatic for children, as he
recalls a similar feeling when he was first diagnosed.  “My heart aches
for young kids diagnosed with diabetes.  I want them and their parents
to know that they can survive and thrive with this disease.”

The Meal takes place on April 22, where a group of talented top chefs from
London’s finest dining establishments will serve a feast of culinary
delights to approximately 350 – 400 foodies in support of the Canadian
Diabetes Association.  Over the past 30 years, The Meal has raised more than $1,000,000 to fund research in the fight against

“The research is so inspiring, it makes me want to work harder to do
everything I can to help,” adds Garber.

The fundraiser will be hosted at the London Hilton and tickets have
already sold out.  To learn more about ways to live well with diabetes,
visit diabetes.ca, call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464) or subscribe to the
Association’s magazine Diabetes Dialogue (diabetes.ca/dialogue).

About the Canadian Diabetes Association
The Canadian Diabetes Association is a registered charitable
organization, leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with
diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. Our
professional staff and more than 20,000 volunteers provide education
and services to help people in their daily fight against the disease,
advocate on behalf of people with diabetes for the opportunity to
achieve their highest quality of life, and break ground towards a cure.
Please visit diabetes.ca, join us on
facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation, follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc, or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

    Media availability with Victor Garber

    Date:                                 Sunday, April 22, 2012
    Time:                                 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.
    Location:                             Hilton London
                                          300 King Street
                                          London, ON

SOURCE Canadian Diabetes Association

Source: PR Newswire