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The Blair Type 1 Diabetes Foundation
Mardi Gras Gala

Saturday, February 25, 2017
5:00pm - 9:00pm
The Casino at Lakemont - Altoona, PA

Enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, cash bar, incredible basket raffle,
silent auction items & an unforgettable presentation by some very special guests!

Proceeds will benefit Joslin Diabetes Center

TICKETS: $50 per person (no tickets sold at the door)

*Cocktail Attire*

We accept cash, checks and credit cards.

Checks payable to: Blair Type 1 Diabetes Foundation - CPCF
For ticket information, email


We are honored to announce our Master of Ceremonies will be Colonel Cedric Leighton, military analyst for CNN. He is the Chairman of Cedric Leighton Associates, LLC a global strategic risk consultancy and a world-renowned expert in the field of Cyber Risk Management.

A veteran of 26 years as an Intelligence Officer in the US Air Force, Colonel Leighton supported key combat operations in the Middle East, where his team was credited with destroying 95 percent of Saddam Hussein’s air defense system, paving the way for the “Shock and Awe” phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also oversaw sensitive missions while assigned to US Special Operations Command, witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, and served on the Air Staff and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, seven Meritorious Service Medals and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He was a Distinguished Graduate of the US Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Colonel Leighton graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Angelo State University. He and his wife Amy, a Huntingdon County native, live near Washington, DC with their son Sam, who has Type 1 Diabetes.

Sierra Sandison Miss Idaho 2014 will be our guest speaker. Sandison made a name for herself when she walked across the Miss Idaho Pageant stage wearing her t:slim® Insulin Pump. It was not just the audience who noticed. After winning the title that evening, Sandison became the focus of media outlets around the world. She was featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, National Public Radio, and in People Magazine. As a result, Sandison started the #ShowMeYourPump Campaign to dispel any stigma of diabetes therapy. People with diabetes around the country, especially young women, shared via social media photos of themselves wearing their insulin pumps with confidence. With the launch of her new book, Sugar Linings: Finding the Bright Side of Type 1 Diabetes, Sandison hopes to continue to send a message of hope and positivity.

Sierra’s participation is part of Tandem Diabetes Care’s Live Life in Full Color Speaker Series.