One significant ray of hope for the millions suffering from the global pandemic of diabetes is coming from America’s heartland. Over the last two years, a dream team of diverse and talented scientists has been assembled at the University of Iowa’s Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC) in collaboration to find new keys to preventing and curing this devastating disease.
This July, the community service organization Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) presented a $6 million donation to the University of Iowa at its national convention in Orlando. The check fulfills a $25 million commitment made in 2008. Comedians Mark Eddie & Tom Parks, who both have type-1 diabetes are major diabetes advocates and performed on stage at the national convention. Comedian Dick Hardwick and multi grammy award winner Lee Greenwood (Official) also joined in on the fun and performed at the convention.
Founded in 1898, the Eagles fund research in areas such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and cancer, and raise money for neglected and abused children and the aged, as well as work for social and civic change.