Vanessa Williams raises diabetes awareness through performance set for tomorrow


Guam – Multi-platinum recording artist, actress and broad-way star Vanessa Williams is here on island and set to take the stage tomorrow night in an effort to raise awareness about an epidemic which ravishes our island.

Her soulful voice is beautiful and strong but her heart is even stronger and her soul a beacon of compassion as the motive behind her visit to Guam isn’t to sell tickets but instead to raise awareness about a disease which has plagued our island for years…diabetes.

One of the reasons why this is such an important cause of awareness for me is my grandmother died at 64 which is relatively young,” she revealed.

Williams shared that she lost her grandmother to diabetes. She recalled how her grandmother stubbed her toe, and while it is a seemingly common injury, her grandmother’s diabetes turned the injury into a dire situation which ultimately led to amputation. Having this occur in her life, Williams understands first hand the tragedy that diabetes can cause and it has provided her with a reason not only to raise awareness but to promote a healthy lifestyle.

“I think between my mother making sure when me and my brother were growing up that, that will never happen to her and in turn I have four children and that will never happen to my four children,” shared Williams.

And while living a healthy lifestyle on Guam is constantly a battle with all the delicious island cuisine Williams points out that its all about taking care of yourself, eating healthy, exercising and setting the example for our youth. Williams has been on island for five days and since here she has taken in everything Guam has to offer while making sure to spread the word and raise awareness in the fight against diabetes

“I have such a warm welcome from everyone that I have met I have had a chance to do thing I love to do and new things i never thought I would do,” expressed Williams.

Williams will be performing tomorrow night at the Dusit Thani for the Guam Diabetes Foundation Gala at 6 pm.

But this may not be the last time we see Williams on island as she has embraced the island and our hospitality.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.