On February 10, 2013 at the 2013 Walk Awards Celebration Erin Farrell, Associate Executive Director and Richard Bloom, Co-Walk Chair presented the 2nd Annual TTG Spirit Award to Theresa Stagg for her outstanding passion, spirit and dedication for JDRF and the Walk to Cure Diabetes program. We are grateful to Theresa and all of our outstanding volunteers for their never-ending support towards our mission of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
TTG Spirit Award: While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said,
“It made a difference for that one.”