Ron Darling admits that he did not know much about Diabetes prior to his son's diagnosis. He will never forget that fateful day when Jordan, now 20, was diagnosed with the disease, "I got the call," he recollects. "I was on the other coast, and Jordan's mother brought him to the hospital. It was a shock to
all of us, and it was especially scary for Jordan, who was 11 at the time. "When your child is sick, you try to educate yourself with the latest research on the disease," Darling affirmed. This is what led Darling to the Diabetes Research Institute. He visited the DRI's headquarters in Miami, FL to learn firsthand facilities, Darling promptly joined the National Board of Directors for the Institute. "I wanted to align myself with an organization where I thought people were doing great work, and I was looking for a place that was focused on finding a cure," stated Darling. Darling describes the research that is conducted at the Diabetes Research Institute as "brilliant," and says he soon became "obsessed" with making sure the DRI scientists have both the access and funding necessary to complete their work. In order to provide the scientists with these crucial resources in hopes of one day finding a cure for Diabetes, Darling created his own foundation in 2009. The Ron Darling Foundation has successfully raised ten thousands of dollars to support the DRI's research through
donations, silent and live auctions and large scale events such as golf tournaments and poker nights.
Ron Darling is a former high-profile, right handed starting pitcher who spent the majority of his Major League career on the New York Mets. During his thirteen years playing in the Majors, Darling amassed 1,590 strikeouts, a 136-116 won-loss record with 13 shootouts, and helped lead the Mets to the 1986 World Series Championship by victoriously pitching Game 4 against the Boston Red Sox. Darling has also earned an impressive share of accolades, including selection for the 1985 All Star team and the Gold Glove Award in 1989. Since retiring from the game, Darling has remained in the spotlight as a color commentator for national baseball coverage on TBS, as well as for the Mets and both SNY and WPIX. Most recently added to his resume is the MLB Network, where Darling provides insights on all Baseball Topics. He has additionally won an Emmy Award for "Best Sports Analyst" in 2006. However, all of his career accomplishments are secondary to his life mission to help find a cure for Diabetes for his son, Jordan, and all the millions worldwide affected by the disease.
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I got the call, he recollects. I was on the other coast, and Jordan's mother brought him to the hospital. It was a shock to all of us, and it was especially scary for Jordan, who was 11 at the time. When your child is sick, you try to educate yourself with the latest research on the disease.
RON DARLING, FORMER NY METS PITCHER AND CURRENT SNY/TBS BROADCASTER