The American Diabetes Association hosted the annual Step Out Walk to stop diabetes on Nov. 2.
More than 4,000 local walkers attended, including the wonderful siblings Jillian Rose and Robbie Tucker who have worked closely with ADA ever since their older brother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
November is Diabetes awareness month and currently there are nearly 26 million Americans who have diabetes.
In efforts to raise awareness stars gathered up at the Step Out Walk for the ADA.
Stars from the MTV hit show “Awkward” made an appearance such as Jillian Rose, Kelly Sry, and Wesam Keesh. Robbie Tucker from “See Dad Run” appeared as well did child star from TV show “Parenthood”, Xolo Maridueña and Benjamin Stockham from About a Boy also appeared. Along with Katrina Parker from season two of “The Voice”.
Coyote Chronicle: What motivated you to get involved with the ADA and to participate in this walk?
Katrina: “I think all of us have family members or friends that are affected by diabetes so I feel like this is a universal cause and it’s something that with education can be managed and caught early
Kelly: “I really wanted to support Jillian and my mom just got diagnosed with diabetes so it’s really important to me to come out here and show support.”
Xolo: “One, is that I really want to help kids with diabetes and I think it is really important. And two, I really like walking and exercising so it’s like two in one.”
Ben: “Diabetes and stuff like that are a really big problem and I want to do the best I can to make sure it’s not a problem anymore.”
Wesam: “A lot of my family members have diabetes so I wanted to come out here and bring awareness.”
Robbie: “Well me and my sister we do it every year and we do it for my brother, he has diabetes.”
Jillian: “ My older brother was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 18, so my whole family got involved with the ADA and participate in the walk every year.”
CC: How can other people be aware of diabetes and how can they help?
Katrina: “I think the biggest thing is obviously events like this. I think a lot of people mistakenly think it’s some disease for older individuals. It can happen to anybody and helping bring awareness by knowledge of it can help.”
Kelly: “Well now a days it’s all about social media. Tweet something, hashtag something. It gets around pretty quick.”
Xolo: “I think what a lot of people do is tweeting and instagramming, I think that’s what the cool kids are doing and that’s how I came to promote it.”
Ben: “Diabetes is a huge problem so you have to do the best you can to make sure it’s not a problem.”
Wesam: “A little bit of knowledge can go a long way. People can do a global search to see how many people are affected. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a huge help.”
Robbie: “Just keep doing this and get this walk out there and advertisement through TV or billboards.”
Jillian: “Educating yourself, going to events like the ADA, and even donating a dollar to the organization can be a big help. There are so many different ways you can help and anything is appreciated.”
CC: What other charities/organizations are you involved with?
Katrina: “I’m a huge fan of the LA conservancy, obviously it’s not as moving or touching as this but they deal with trying to conserve and keep places from getting torn down, they try to preserve the history of Los Angeles. I’m also a fan of Race for the Rescue which helps rescued animals. I like anything that has to do with helping people and animals.”
Xolo: “Right now, Keep a Child Alive for the AIDS foundation and I just did stuff with them. It’s something fun and for a good cause.”
Wesam: “Yeah, Stand for the Silent, it’s an anti-bullying campaign and I did the AIDS walk as well.”
Robbie: “We just do this walk every year.”
CC: Career wise, what other projects are you working on?
Katrina: “I released an album in September so with that it’s really about performing anywhere to try and get the album out there. I’m doing a show in December and it’s an acoustic show. I also have a couple Christmas songs coming out as well.”
Kelly: “’Awkward’ is great. The cast is really close, we hangout and go out together. I also have a new show coming out called Betas, it’s on Amazon.”
Xolo: “I love working on ‘Parenthood’. The cast is amazing and it’s so humbling to be on that show.”
Ben: “My movie just came out recently called ‘A Country Christmas’ and I have a TV show coming out this winter called ‘About a Boy’.”
Wesam: “I’m lucky to be working on ‘Awkward’ right now. The cast and everyone is great. One of the best shows I’ve ever worked on.”
Robbie: “I do have stuff I’m working on but I can’t say too much about it.”
Jillian: “I’m actually shooting the last 10 episodes of our third season of ‘Awkward’, which airs on MTV at 10:30 p.m. I am also going to be doing a guest appearance on the Disney show called Jessie, so I start shooting that this coming week.” Jillian also expressed how she is working on an independent film that will be showing in next year’s film festival.
CC: What actors would you love to work with in the future?
Katrina: “I still want to sing with my Voice friends like Chris Mann, he’s like sky rocketed and doing his thing, and I also want to do one with Jamar. And one day my dream will come true and I’ll sing on stage with Dolly Parton, she’s my soul sista!”
Xolo: “I think Robert Downey Jr. or Kevin Spacey.”
Ben: “Leonardo Dicaprio, he’s like my role model.”
Wesam: “Al Pacino, Robert Dinero. I have man crushes on Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling, maybe do an action thing with them.”
Robbie: “I’ve always wanted to work with my sister and we did a show a couple years ago.”
Jillian: “I would love to work with Jennifer Aniston. ‘Friends’ is the reason I started getting into comedy so working with her would be a dream come true.”
All guests were genuinely sweet off screen and truly seemed to care about the cause.
If you would like to get more involved with the American Diabetes Association visit diabetes.org to find out how.