Izabel Goulart. Pic for MDC by Betty
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Izabel Goulart is on a misson. The Brazilian beauty has devoted her time and effort to charity work for diabetes and has recently been named the International Ambassador for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI). Growing up with a brother who has had the disease since infancy made a strong impact on Goulart and during her speech to the DRI she was visibly moved by his struggles. Naturally, when devotion to a cause is heartfelt it makes giving back all the more meaningful. (See our interview with Izabel below).
Izabel Goulart with Women Model Management agents Christiana and Ali.
What is it like to have someone you love so much living with diabetes? Diabetes is a disease thatâ€™s had a deep impact on my family. My little brother has had type 1 diabetes since he was a baby and I have spent time learning about the disease and trying to bring attention to it so that one day soon we will reach a cure. I believe that the Diabetes Research Institute will find this cure.
People have this misconception that diabetes is not as much a “fatal” condition like cancer can be. What’s the biggest hurdle people with diabetes face every day and why is it such a dangerous disease? Type 1 diabetes can be a very fatal disease. People with type 1 diabetes whose blood sugars are out of balance are at risk of suffering very dire consequences and even if they can avoid that they suffer from infections, loss of vision and many of the same things that plague people with type 2 diabetes which can include loss of limbs, failure of major organs. It goes on and on. Whatâ€™s so sad about this disease is that it can strike seemingly healthy people, often children as was the case with my brother, and that itâ€™s very hard to control. Itâ€™s life changing for the person who gets it and for everyone around them. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m working with the Diabetes Research Institute to help find a cure now.
How do you hope to help by being the “spokesperson” for DRI? Iâ€™ve seen with my own eyes how difficult it is for my brother to live with type 1 diabetes and if I can use my travels and profession to raise awareness for a cure thatâ€™s what I want to do. This gives me the opportunity to raise awareness for diabetes research and the Diabetes Research Institute. Anything I can do to spread the message about the DRIâ€™s mission to find a cure will help them. And if I can help the DRI, I can help my brother and millions of others who are waiting for a cure for diabetes.