Husson University's School of Pharmacy Hosts 'Iron Andy' Lecture, Kicks-Off 1,763 Mile Virtual Walk

Husson University's School of Pharmacy Hosts 'Iron Andy' Lecture, Kicks-Off 1,763 Mile Virtual Walk

Date of Release: October 7, 2011

"Iron Andy", a renowned speaker and advocate for diabetes awareness and wellness, will provide a lecture in Husson's Gracie Theatre on Thursday, October 13th at 12pm. The lecture is free and open to the public. Immediately after his presentation, Iron Andy will lead roughly 100 Husson chapter members of the APhA, all donning white coats, for a 1-mile walk around the Husson circle to kick-off their 'Walk to New Orleans' project.

This 1,763 mile virtual walk is being undertaken as part of National Pharmacy Month and will be part of the chapter's Operation Heart project. Each chapter member will be responsible for tracking their walking mileage with the idea that as a chapter, they will have walked 1,700+ miles to New Orleans by March, which is where the APhA is holding their annual conference.

Andy Holder, or "Iron Andy", was a fit husband and father of two young sons. By all standards he led a healthy life. Then in 2005, at the age of 36, he learned he had Type 1 diabetes. He turned his early shock into his greatest feat. Determined to beat diabetes, he taught himself how to swim, trained hard and has now completed seven Ironman competitions.

"We are thrilled to have such a renowned diabetes awareness and wellness advocate on our campus to not only speak to our students, but help them kick-off the 'Walk to New Orleans' project," states Eric Jarvi, PhD, Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy. "The 1-mile kick-off demonstrates that our students will not only graduate from our program with outstanding skills in the practice of Pharmacy, but will also have a clear understanding of the importance of promoting wellness and healthy living."

Iron Andy's lecture is generously sponsored by Good Neighbor Pharmacy.

For questions, please contact Amanda Kitchen at 207-992-4925, via email at, or via cell at 207-649-4647.

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