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Doctors Rock to Benefit Diabetes Foundation Saturday in New Rochelle

The Scrubs will be joined at the benefit by drummer Corky Laing, of the band Mountain.

At 9 p.m. Saturday, you can rock out to a group of doctor-musicians and help a good cause at .

The cause is helping the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which focuses on type 1 diabetes research to help children, adolescents and adults with the disease.

The foundation's Web site said its mission is to "discover, develop and deliver advances that cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Richard Garvey, the chief of plastic surgery at in New Rochelle and in Bronxville, will be performing with his band—The Scrubs—which is comprised of "doctors and rockers."

"I was asked to do this by one of my operating nurses," Garvey said. "Then just talking about it, I found out so many colleagues are affected."

He called it a pandemic, adding that if unchecked the disease can cause premature damaage to the kidneys, eyes and nervous system.

Helping advance the research is vital, Garvey said.

"We need more and more advances," he said. "We are living in a society where sugar is out of control."

The Jacee Lynn Cappelli Diabetes Center at Sound Shore is sponsoring the benefit, which will include food and beverages, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. All proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. There is a suggested donation of $10.

Donna Roland, a registered nurse who works with Garvey in the operating room at Lawrence Hospital Center, knew the doctor and his group perform at a lot of benefits and asked him to consider doing one for the diabetes foundation.

"I'd been asking for a while," she said, "and finally, he didn't have any pressing causes."

The issue is of great concern to her because her daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 16.

Roland said having diabetes has been a real struggle for her daughter.

"She had to check her blood glucose before gym, during gym and after," she said. "If she didn't feel well in school, she would have to have another student walk her to the office."

Roland had to show her daughter's roommates how to give her sugar if they found her unresponsive.

"We are very excited about raising money," she said, "and we are very grateful to Dr. Garvey for doing the benefit."

Dr. Joshua Waldman, chief of obstetrics at Lawrence Hospital Center, will be speaking at the benefit.

His daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Waldman said raising money for research is even more important now because scientists are working on a machine that could wirelessly link to a small glucose monitor that would profoundly affect people with the disease, allowing them more mobility and less finger pricks. 

"I would love to see people come to Dudley's," he said. "There will be a lot of music and very little talking."

Garvey said a guest musician will be joining The Scrubs Saturday—Corky Laing, from the group Mountain. Laing happens to be a diabetic, he said.

"It should be phenomenal," Garvey said.

Dudley's is located at 94 Hudson Park Rd. in New Rochelle.

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