Angela Bassett, who serves as the celebrity ambassador for Know Diabetes by Heart in honor of her late mother, will host the first-ever Know Diabetes by Heart virtual show at the Apollo Theater.
Betty Jane Bassett died in 2014 after losing a battle to heart disease and Type 2 diabetes—two chronic illnesses that are inextricably connected.
The award winning actress will perform an original monologue based on her family’s personal experience with type 2 diabetes and heart disease during the free, virtual show. Bassett will also have hosting duties when the show broadcast from Harlem’s World-Famous Apollo Theater on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
“We know our Black brothers and sisters too often face a higher burden of illness. But we also know education, advocacy and structural change can make a difference. Whether you live with diabetes, love someone with diabetes or have lost someone to diabetes, heart disease or stroke, you’ll relate to something in this show,” Bassett said. “My hope is that everyone watching will have a good time and also decide to harness the individual power they have to improve their health and live these beautiful lives we have to the fullest.”
Learn more at knowdiabetesbyheart.org