PLAINFIELD, NJ — November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a time when communities come together to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of people. Through advocacy and awareness events, the diabetes community aims to bring attention to the severity of the life-threatening disease.  Plainfield's Gentlemen Making Changes is doing its part, and will host its an annual diabetes awareness event that was inspired by the Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis of Rayna A. Wyatt.

Rayna is the daughter of Richard and Hanae Wyatt. She was diagnosed at the young age of 16-months in June 2016, and her family has since made it a mission to raise both awareness and funding to help find a cure.

Rayna is now 4-years-old, and her family battles to manage her diagnosis and overcome the many obstacles she faces daily. They are determined to support the cause and stand with her and the millions of others in their fight against the disease.

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Gentlemen Making Changes is supporting Rayna, and they are asking for the support of the community and for participation in its 4th Annual Diabetes Awareness free event, Dine and Discussion, as they fight one of the top five leading causes of death worldwide.

Register on Eventbrite here.  The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Maxson Middle School, 920 E. 7th St.  It is free to attend.

This annual event is hosted to raise funding for research to find a cure, and to promote healthier and longer lives, especially those living with the daily struggles of diabetes. Donations are welcome and encouraged, and proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit patients in need of medical supplies, as well as the JDRF, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Gentlemen Making Changes, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of local youth and revitalizing communities.  The group fights to slow the growth and reduce the impact of this global diabetes epidemic.