Sculptors bringing sugar cube art to Cherokee Nation

Artists Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels showcase their sugar cube sculptures on the "Know Your Sugar Tour" stopping at W.W. Hastings Hospital on Friday, July 8. The artists are currently designing a Cherokee-inspired sculpture to unveil at Hastings.

Two world-renowned sculptors, along with Abbott Diabetes Care, are stopping at W. W. Hastings Hospital, 100 Bliss Ave., on Friday, July 8 to showcase a Cherokee-inspired sculpture, all made from hundreds of sugar cubes.

The "Know Your Sugar Tour," which shows the harmful effects of consuming too much sugar, is making 10 stops across the country, including the Cherokee Nation. The tour started at the American Diabetes Association conference and ends at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual conference in California.

Each city of the 10 stops has their own sculpture, and all will end up on display in San Diego. The public and patients at W.W. Hastings can watch the sculptors, Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels, at work from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the pharmacy area of the hospital and get valuable information on diabetes awareness.

CN's Health Services department, which operates eight health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital, treats more patients for diabetes, typically about 10,000, than any other disease.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, 415 million people were diagnosed with diabetes in 2015, up from 382 million in 2013. Diabetes causes high blood sugar when the body doesn't produce enough insulin. It is a major cause of kidney failure, heart disease and stroke.

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