Ms. Poole was an American Indian. She worked her way through nursing school and, as a widower, raised four sons on her own. Diagnosed with diabetes in 1990, Ms. Poole had very common symptoms of diabetes but also endured several surgeries as a result of her diabetic condition. Juanita June Poole was an encourager and a blessing to many. The memory of her warrior spirit and “never give up” attitude will carry on through the work of the Juanita June Foundation. Juanita started the Juanita June Foundation during her own struggle with diabetes.