This last January, we lost one of the most iconic actresses in the entertainment industry, especially television: Mary Tyler Moore. Besides being an incredible actress, singer, and dancer, many people might not know that Mary was a champion spokeswoman and activist for Type 1 Diabetes and the research to finding a cure with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), having been diagnosed herself in the seventies during her run in The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77).
As someone who lives with Type 1 Diabetes, I had the option along with many other diabetics to post a short tribute to Mary Tyler Moore on the JDRF website, and I would like to share that on this site here as well.
January 25, 2017:
I Miss You
I feel like I've lost a great friend. I never had the honor of getting to know or meet Mary, but I think, in a way, everyone who grew up with her feels that they did know her, as is the case with many television or film stars. I was lucky enough to have parents who introduced me to "older" television shows at an early age, so I grew up with shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Andy Griffith Show, and then later the Mary Tyler Moore Show. The Dick Van Dyke Show, to this day, is still probably my favorite television show of all time. In fact, I just watched an episode of the show yesterday, which had Laura Petrie at the centerfold.
One of my favorite characters of all time, Laura Petrie could always make me laugh, and still does. What a strong, beautiful, and talented actress and woman, and a true inspiration to me in the fields of entertainment and beating Type 1 Diabetes, which I have had for almost seventeen years now. In some small way, I feel like I did talk to her once when I sent her a letter telling her how much I appreciated what she does for the Diabetes cause. She replied with a signed photo saying, "With thanks and a hug, Mary Tyler Moore." I cherish it so much, and even more so now. We all know that Mary did not give up on fighting Diabetes, and neither should any of us who have it or are fighting for the cure. Thank you, Mary Tyler Moore, for the oh so many years of laughter, dance, and courage you brought to your life and to all our lives every day. I miss you.