Top cellist becomes diabetes ambassador

Top cellist becomes diabetes ambassador


norman lebrecht

June 17, 2020

Alisa Weilerstein has insulin dependent type-1 diabetes. After coping for most of her life, she is coming out this week as global ambassador for JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity.

Here’s the event:

Alisa Weilerstein plays Bach in special diabetes telecast
(Tues, June 23, at 8pm EDT [5pm PT]; telecast; Facebook & YouTube)

Alisa Weilerstein launches her new role as Celebrity Ambassador of JDRF, with a special guest appearance in The Power of Us, the organization’s first national telecast. Having been diagnosed with type one diabetes at nine years old, the cellist introduces her own filmed performance of the prelude from Bach’s First Cello Suite, highlighting a star-studded evening hosted by CNN correspondent Cristina Alesci that will stream on both Facebook and YouTube.



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  • Bruce says:

    This is great.

    As a cancer survivor (so far), I can say it’s great to have as role models who are people doing ordinary things (well, to me playing an instrument is ordinary, even if playing as well as she does is not). The inspirational “look at me, I run marathons/ do triathlons/ bicycled from Shanghai to Paris while stopping on the way to climb Annapurna and K2” stories get old pretty fast for those of us who just want to get back to work.