Diabetes Advocate: Stovy L. Bowlin, PhD
Stovy L. Bowlin, PhD
In 2014, Stovy L. Bowlin, 56, found himself in emergency surgery to drain an abscess infected with flesh-eating bacteria. He would be in the hospital for 15 days and outpatient care for nearly 100. The really scary part? Until that day, Bowlin had no idea he had diabetes and that high blood glucose made it hard to battle infection. He vowed to ensure that others have the knowledge they need to fight the disease.
Bowlin quickly joined the ADA, forming a fund-raising team for the Central Texas Step Out®: Walk to Stop Diabetes®—and becoming the top individual fund-raiser ($10,038) and local team ($12,849) for the ADA Advocates in Action national team in his first year. He serves on the Central Texas Community Leadership Board and is event chair for the 2015 Step Out Austin. Bowlin is active with the YMCA and is a certified lifestyle coach in the Diabetes Prevention Program. He and nearly 200 other Diabetes Advocates brought a powerful message about preventing and curing diabetes to Capitol Hill during Call to Congress this year.
Motivation: “While I was in the hospital, I was trying to figure out how I could get involved and help others, especially those who are unaware they are diabetic or are at risk and do not know it.”
Encouraging Words: “First thing I tell everybody is that advocating for a cure for diabetes is deadly serious business, but we can have fun while we are out there making a difference. I would highly encourage everyone to get involved; it is good for the soul.”