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Pay it Forward: Woman educating community about diabetes
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
Debra Williams teaches about a dozen classes a month and donates more than 20 hours a week to teaching.
Her goal is to educate the Southeast Texas community about diabetes.
"Seeing so many people who had it, didn't know what to do about it and a lot of them were in denial and I just felt this was a good way to impact what was happening with this disease," Williams says.
According to the CDC, more than 10 percent of people living in Jefferson County have diabetes. This number and her mother's loss to the disease has Williams fighting to educate people.
"It's on us to take care of ourselves, we have to become our advocates," Williams says.
She says she's become an advocate by encouraging her students.
"In order to get someone to really understand what's happening to them with this disease, you have to kind of get a relationship with them," Williams said.
Through a partnership with Cowboy Silsbee, we paid it forward to Williams.
For all the help in the community educating people about diabetes, she received $500 to pay it forward any way Williams sees fit.
Williams says she plans to spend the money on her classes and buying students meters to check their blood pressure.