ULM pharmacy students starts nonprofit aimed at tackling diabetes

Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 10:04 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2020 at 10:04 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A ULM pharmacy student is starting his ow nonprofit aimed at helping people fight diabetes while raising awareness to it.

Blair Guillory was inspired to become a pharmacist and start Freshe Environment because of his grandfather.

Guillory says he faced many health issues, including diabetes. Before passing, Guillory saw where he couldn’t afford his own medication. So, he wanted to change that for others, especially minorities who are at higher risks for the disease.

Freshe Environment is collecting unused glucose test strips from patients. They will then be redistributed to people who are unable to afford them.

Guillor estimates caring for diabetes can cost patients up to $30,000 a year. So, he wants to help people lower that number. “Me thinking logically and logistically, everyone doesn’t have $30,000 a year to pay for diabetic supplies,” Guillory says.

“So, what I want to do is give an opportunity where you can at least eliminate that $10,000. And to bring up enough recognition where we can get more initiatives to help these diabetic patients to get the right proper care they need.”

Depending on the type, patients can be recommended to test their levels up to three times a day, but he says many people don’t have enough strips to use year-round.

“It’s very important just to be able to test your blood sugar. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death. And with these complications, it leads to the number one cause of death which is cardiovascular disease. So, I feel like this initiative is going to be beneficial to a lot of people’s lives.”

Guillory is partnering with the St. Vincent dePaul Community Pharmacy. If you have any unused test strips, you can donate them there at 502 Grammont Street in Monroe.

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