Need Help Getting Diabetes Supplies? This NFL Player Is Lending a Hand

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson teams up with CR3 Diabetes Association to ease your financial strain.

By
Stephanie Guzowski
AP Photo/ Ted S. Warren

Testing strips, glucose meters, insulin pumps—all those supplies can sure add up. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is helping to ease the financial strain—in memory of his father.

“He was my everything,” says NFL rookie quarterback Russell Wilson of his dad, Harrison Wilson III. A college football player at Dartmouth in the 1970s, Harrison battled diabetes for more than two decades. Against all odds, he recovered from a series of diabetes-related strokes in 2007 and went on to watch Russell earn 93 total touchdowns at North Carolina State and graduate in three years.

Shortly after his graduation, as Russell arrived home to share good news of his early career, his father succumbed to diabetes complications at 55 years old. “He saw me through so much. In a way, I think my dad was ready to go because he knew I was heading in the right direction. He instilled in me to always try my best, and that’s translated to the rest of my life.”

Trying his best has helped Russell get ahead. In August he became the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, and in tribute to his dad, he teamed up with the nonprofit organization CR3 Diabetes Association.

“Diabetes is so expensive,” says Russell. “CR3 helps provide lifesaving supplies and education to thousands of people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to these things.” Adds Russell, “I want to continue my father’s fight.”

Published
April 2013