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Dig 4 Diabetes a family affair

By: 28 July 2010 7 Comments

Ryan and Eric Paulk have a lot in common. They share a love for volleyball and are active in various leagues. They even share DNA, as they are identical twins.

Ryan and Eric also share a diagnosis–both have Type 1 Diabetes. Eric received his diagnosis at age 15 and Ryan was diagnosed about a year ago, Eric’s wife, Becky Paulk explained.

Last year, as Becky and Ryan’s wife Jennifer were watching their husband play their beloved game, they came up with the idea to have a sand volleyball tournament as a unique fundraising idea for the Northwest Arkansas region.

“We’ve never heard of anyone doing it,” Becky said of the idea.

Eric Paulk

Ryan Paulk

The original idea came from the two wives brainstorming ideas to raise money for the ADA fundraiser Tour de Cure. Six weeks later, the first Dig 4 Diabetes was born and the tournament raised about $800.

This summer, the families have had longer to plan and they’re excited for what the second annual tournament can hold. The event starts at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Memorial Park in Bentonville.

There are already about 16 teams signed up and the sign up has been extended to Aug. 6, Becky said. Teams that are either signed up now or register within the next couple of days can get promised t-shirt sizes. Extra shirts are being printed for teams that sign up from now until Aug. 6. Each four-man team must have at least one man and one woman playing. There are also sponsorships available.

For more information about the event, visit

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  • Frank said:

    I’m exited to be a part of this fundraiser, the Dig 4 Diabetes. It’s great to get out and be active with people who share your hobbies and philanthropies.

  • James Garcia said:

    diabetes is a serious disease but it can be avoided by having an physically active lifestyle:*”

  • Kieran Adams said:

    diabetes can really crap your body, i now resort to sugar free foods.-*

  • Shower Cubicle  said:

    diabetes can really cause lots of health complications which are damaging'”,

  • Your Guide To Living With Diabetes said:

    I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I’m no longer sure whether this post is written by him as no one else understand such distinctive approximately my problem. You’re wonderful! Thank you!

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