Josh Lane Classic, Aug. 8

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 22, 2006

AHOSKIE – David Lane is a man of his word.

Six years have come and gone since he made a promise to his son, Josh, to do everything within his power to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes.

On Tuesday, August 8 at Beechwood Country Club, Lane continues in his quest for a cure.

The seventh annual Josh Lane Golf Classic is set for that day, one that attracts a record field of golfers to challenge Beechwood’s famous 18-hole course.

Registration and lunch is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. followed by an 11:15 a.m. shotgun start to this Superball event.

An awards dinner and auction will follow the round of golf.

A few spots remain open for this popular tournament.

Foursomes can enter for $350, which includes the round of golf, carts, golfer gifts, entry into all on-course contests (including a $10,000 putting competition), lunch and dinner. A $600 package will enter a foursome plus list business signage at tee or green.

For $1,000, a business can enter a foursome, have signage at two holes plus have the opportunity to hang their corporate banner at the clubhouse.

Individual golfers may also register for $100. They will be partnered with others who chose this method of entry or with teams who have three-or-less golfers.

There is also a family sponsorship board available for $50.

If you are not a golfer and wish to help in the fight against Juvenile Diabetes, send your donations to: Triangle/Eastern NC Chapter,

2210 Millbrook Rd. Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.

Judged on past participation, pre-registration is a must, the sooner the better. Call the Raleigh office of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at 919-431-8330 or send them an e-mail at

Lane can be reached at home (252-398-5956).

In 1997, David and Deborah Lane received some of the worst news that a parent can get…&uot;your son has juvenile diabetes.&uot; In the days that followed, Josh’s parents learned more about diabetes than they ever wanted to know. Some of the things they learned were:

1. Juvenile diabetes predominantly strikes children – making them insulin dependent for life – Josh will never &uot;outgrow&uot; it.

2. It can strike adults as well.

3. Without a cure, Josh will have to test his blood at least 4 times a day and endure multiple daily insulin injections.

4. Without a cure, Josh will have to follow a very rigid, structured diet and exercise regimen, every day, drastically reducing the quality of life.

5. Without a cure, Josh will live with the constant threat of devastating complications.

As caring parents – not only for their son, but other children stricken with juvenile diabetes – David

and Deborah decided, in order to prevent their son from facing all of these hardships, they would do everything in their power to help find that cure. Thus, the Josh Lane Golf Classic was born.

Since its inception in 2000, the Josh Lane Golf Classic has raised more than $150,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The money raised by this year’s event will, once again, fund diabetes research and a cure for Josh and the millions of Americans who suffer from this pitiless disease.

&uot;With each passing year, we hope this will be the last golf tournament we’ll have to host in an effort to find a cure for diabetes,&uot; said David Lane. &uot;There is a cure and we’ll do everything within our power to help find one. Until that time comes, we’ll keep hosting this tournament from where the proceeds go towards helping to find that cure.&uot;

JDRF is the only major diabetes organization focused exclusively on research. It is the number one nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of diabetes research worldwide.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with juvenile diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $600 million to diabetes research. Through its research funding, JDRF has been instrumental in establishing a focus on the needs of all people with diabetes, which has helped set the world’s diabetes research agenda to find a cure. In a typical year, 85 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and education about research.