Legacy of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi

Alton Cobb (1928-2021): Founder of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi

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1965 Diabetes Association of Mississippi, Inc
1970s ADA Mississippi Affiliate Chapter
1998 Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi



Mary Fortune: Executive Vice President of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi

Mary Fortune, executive vice president of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, pictured here with Bailey, one of DFM's Diabetic Alert Dogs, has lived with the disease 50 years.

the Foundation for over 40 years - since it was a local affiliate of the American Diabetes Association.

As she marks her 50th anniversary with diabetes — a demanding and often unforgiving life partner — Fortune says she feels as if she has raised an enormous family of those from across the state who like her had to come to terms in their youth or childhood with multiple daily insulin injections, finger sticks, blood sugar highs and lows, rigorous attention to diet and exercise and the kind of health complications that can beset even the most conscientious.

Zane Hodge (1956-2023): Super Supporter

10 years ago, Zane started the Chicot Challenge, an annual, open water marathon swim which he used for raising awareness of diabetes and funds for the Diabetes Foundation of MS.  In past years he swam with the names of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi's Kandu Kids sharpied onto him for inspiration, biked from Greenwood, MS to DFMs office in Ridgeland, and participated in the "Crazy Man Quadrathalon".
Zane was a faithful fundraiser and volunteer for the DFM. His impact is lifelong and he will be missed greatly.