Diabetes affects millions of people
Diabetes currently affects 30.3 million people in the United States and more than 445,000 Minnesotans. Apart from the physical toll, health care costs directly related to diabetes are $3.5 billion in Minnesota and more than $327 billion in the United States. Unfortunately, these numbers continue to rise at an alarming pace.
Additionally, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults. It is also a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
Schulze Diabetes Institute
For more than 40 years, the Schulze Diabetes Institute (SDI) has pursued a dream to end the threat of type 1 diabetes through widespread availability of islet cell transplantation using minimal to no antirejection drugs. Today, it stands at the threshold of making a cure widely available using pig islets.
In 1974, its path was forged when SDI scientists developed the world’s first safe, effective, and minimally invasive cure using transplanted human islets. Having now completed all phases of this clinical research, SDI is working with the FDA to be granted the license to produce human islets as a routine medical procedure. Home to the world’s leading experts in human and pig islet transplantation, no other facility in the world is better positioned to make that happen.
Your support makes a difference
All tournament proceeds (after expenses) are used to support critical diabetes research at the University of Minnesota Schulze Diabetes Institute.
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