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News Release

Boston's Prudential Tower Will Shine Blue for World Diabetes Day

Boston Properties, Joslin Diabetes Center and the American Diabetes Association Team Up to Commemorate World Diabetes Day in Boston by lighting up the Prudential Tower on Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m.

BOSTON – November 12, 2007 – Boston’s world-renowned Prudential Tower will join 200 monuments across the world and will light its top floors in blue in honor of World Diabetes Day on Wednesday, November 14. The lighting is part of a global effort to raise awareness of diabetes and its impact on the 246 million people worldwide with the disease. Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston Properties and the American Diabetes Association have joined the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in commemorating the first United Nations-observed World Diabetes Day. In addition, Mayor Menino officially declared November 14 as World Diabetes Day in the city of Boston and has issued a proclamation to commemorate the day.

There will be a lighting ceremony at the Prudential Center, which will begin at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 14 in the Belvedere Arcade’s glass pavilion. The following will be in attendance for the lighting ceremony: Ed Linde, CEO of Boston Properties; Ranch C. Kimball, President and CEO of Joslin; Stephen Habbe, Director of Advocacy, Northeast Region, for the American Diabetes Association; and Bryan Koop, Senior VP and Regional Manager for Boston Properties.

“On World Diabetes Day, we at the Joslin are proud to stand with Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston Properties and the ADA as partners united in our goal to beat diabetes here in Massachusetts and across the globe,” said Joslin President and CEO Ranch C. Kimball.

In the United States, 20.8 million children and adults have diabetes, including more than 300,000 residents in Massachusetts.  Another 54 million people have pre-diabetes. "Diabetes cases are increasing by 6 million each year across the globe. This year's observance of World Diabetes Day will bring even greater attention to the burden of diabetes," said Stephen Habbe, Director of Advocacy for the American Diabetes Association. "We are proud to support this day and bring much needed attention to the seriousness of diabetes both globally and nationally."

“On November 14th the 750-foot high Prudential Tower will stand as a shining beacon of awareness and hope for the millions of people and families affected by diabetes,” said Ed Linde, CEO of Boston Properties, the building's owners. “We are proud to join with over 200 buildings across the world to shed light on the effort to treat and find a cure for this disease.”
 
About World Diabetes Day

Introduced by IDF and the World Health Organization in 1991, World Diabetes Day has been celebrated by diabetes representative organizations worldwide ever since. The date of 14 November was chosen because it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, who, along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin. UN Resolution 61/225 establishes November 14 as a United Nations observed day from 2007. Visit http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/ for further information about the campaign and for a full list of landmarks that will light up.

About the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. The Association's advocacy efforts include helping to combat discrimination against people with diabetes; advocating for the increase of federal diabetes research and programs; and improved access to, and quality of, healthcare for people with diabetes.  The Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association provides service to hundreds of communities across the country. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit http://www.diabetes.org/. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

About Boston Properties

Boston Properties is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust that develops, redevelops, acquires, manages, operates and owns a diverse portfolio of Class A office properties and one hotel.  The Company is one of the largest owners and developers of Class A office properties in the United States, concentrated in five markets – Boston, Midtown Manhattan, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Princeton, N.J.  The Boston, Massachusetts based REIT’s portfolio includes San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center, Virginia’s Freedom Square at Reston Town Center, Boston’s Prudential Center, New York City’s Citigroup Center and Princeton’s Carnegie Center.

About Joslin Diabetes Center

Joslin Diabetes Center is the world’s largest diabetes clinic, diabetes research center and provider of diabetes education. Founded in 1898, Joslin is an independent nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Joslin research is a team of more than 300 people at the forefront of discovery aimed at preventing and curing diabetes. Joslin Clinic, affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the nationwide network of Joslin Affiliated Programs, and the hundreds of Joslin educational programs offered each year for clinicians, researchers and patients, enable Joslin to develop, implement and share innovations that immeasurably improve the lives of people with diabetes. As a nonprofit, Joslin benefits from the generosity of donors in advancing its mission. For more information on Joslin, call 1-800-JOSLIN-1 or visit http://www.joslin.org/.