People to Know 2015: Cedric the Entertainer
Comedians are considered to be the messengers of truth. The fearless ones who will stand in front of a crowd of strangers and bare their souls. In other words, we’re the guys who say the things that would get most people fired.
It seems only appropriate that messengers of truth share more than side-splitting stories. Take, for instance, comedian Cedric the Entertainer. For nearly a year, he’s been a messenger for the diabetes cause through the American Diabetes Association and Pfizer’s health initiative Step On Up. It aims to increase awareness about diabetes-related nerve pain, which can cause burning, shooting pain in the feet and hands.
The message comes at the right time, with a disproportionate number of African Americans being diagnosed with diabetes. In fact, African Americans outnumber any other nonwhite minority for type 2 diagnoses and diabetes-related complications.
Cedric doesn’t have diabetes himself, but his father has type 2 and copes with diabetic nerve pain. Cedric is hoping to empower people with diabetes to talk to their doctors about nerve pain. He’s also leading by example to inspire friends and family members of people with diabetes to stand by them and remind them that they are not alone in their fight. And that’s a message that’s right on time.
Chelcie Rice is an Atlanta-based comedian with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes may be no joking matter, but Chelcie garners laughs while raising awareness about the disease through his stand-up comedy sets.