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The History of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

(November 2020) Learn about how five families came together to create the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation in hopes of finding a cure for diabetes.

It started with a small group of parents in South Florida in 1971. Their children had diabetes. Some were suffering from the devastating complications of the disease. The parents were focused on a single goal: to find a cure. They discovered promising research underway at the University of Miami – a pioneering program focused on islet cell transplantation. They dedicated their lives to funding it by raising money through events and private donations. 

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