Actor Wilford Brimley, who lives in Salt Lake City, has done a lot to let the public know about diabetes.
After his own diabetes was diagnosed, he made sure that Gus Witherspoon, the savvy, scrappy grandfather he portrays on the television series "Our House," also developed the condition."I'm not ashamed to say in public or private that I have diabetes. It doesn't embarrass me one bit," he said. But despite his willingness to talk about his illness, Brimley insists he is not on a crusade. Rather, he said, "I just try to present a simple portion of life on life's own terms."
To do just that, Brimley will be present to sign autographs and meet fans at an old-fashioned barbecue from 3 to 8 p.m. June 4 at South Jordan Park.
Activities will begin with the first annual clogging competition from 3 to 6 p.m. Awards and sponsor recognition will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m., and dancing to a live Western band from 7 to 10 p.m. Steak dinners are $5; hamburgers and fixings are $2.
Brimley also joins the Round-Up Committee in inviting residents to the 7th annual Utah Diabetes Round-up Pro Rodeo, June 10 and 11 at the Salt Lake County Fairgrounds in Murray. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children.
The rodeo is the primary fund raiser for diabetes in Utah and the only rodeo held nationally for the benefit of the American Diabetes Association. Proceeds from the rodeo will help fund the fight against diabetes.