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[IP] Medtronic MiniMed President and Wife Pledge More Than $1M to American Diabetes A
DONATION TO FUND STUDY OF DIABETES AND PREGNANCY
ALEXANDRIA, VA (January 25, 2002) -- The American Diabetes Association
announced today that Terrance H. Gregg and Louise Cotting-Gregg, of Los
Angeles, California, have pledged a total of $1,050,000 for the study of
diabetes and pregnancy, to the American Diabetes Association Research
Foundation. Our family has been passionate about the fight against diabetes
for years, and we plan to continue doing our best to make a difference in
the diabetes community. We hope this gift to the American Diabetes
Association Research Foundation will help lead to further medical advances
that improve the lives of women with diabetes and their children, said Mr.
and Mrs. Gregg.
This gift culminates many years of personal and professional support for
causes related to diabetes by Terry and Louise Gregg. In addition to helping
with local and national programs in the diabetes community, Mr. Gregg sits
on the Associations Research Foundation Board of Directors. As President of
Medtronic MiniMed, a world leader in insulin pump therapy and continuous
glucose monitoring systems, headquartered in Northridge, California, Mr.
Gregg also devotes his professional life to improving the lives of those
affected by diabetes. In recognition of his commitment to families living
with the challenges of diabetes, Mr. Gregg will be honored by the
Associations Los Angeles office as a Father of the Year at an Association
dinner reception on June 6, 2002.
Diabetes during pregnancy is a serious condition that can lead to a myriad
of health problems for both the pregnant mother and her child. Pregnancy
demands more insulin in the body, because of the increased production of
hormones that can lead to insulin resistance. Between 3 to 5 percent of
pregnancies among women with diabetes result in newborn mortality within 28
days, compared to a rate of 1.5 percent for women who do not have diabetes.
In addition, because of the increased risk of large birth weight in diabetic
pregnancies, pregnant women with diabetes are 3 to 4 times more likely to
have a cesarean section than the general population.
In its efforts to fund the most groundbreaking scientific research, the
American Diabetes Association will use the Gregg donation to identify and
fund research projects that could lead to improvements in health outcomes
related to pregnancy and diabetes. The Research Foundation has a unique
ability to match a donors interests with cutting edge research projects
that might otherwise lack funding, said Davida F. Kruger, MSN, APRN,
BC-ADM, Chair of the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation. The
Greggs remarkable effort to help women with diabetes is an important
example of the passion and commitment that makes diabetes research
The ADA Research Foundation was established in 1994 to provide focus to the
Associations research effort and to raise gifts solely for diabetes
research. The mission of the Associations Research Foundation is to fund
research that will improve the lives of those with diabetes and ultimately
find a cure for the disease.
Diabetes is a chronic disease and a silent killer. Sixteen million Americans
have diabetes and more than 800,000 are newly diagnosed each year. Diabetes
is the nations fifth deadliest disease, killing almost 200,000 people
annually. A major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, diabetes is also
the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations.
The American Diabetes Association is the nations leading voluntary health
organization supporting diabetes research, information, and advocacy.
Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country,
providing services to hundreds of communities. For more information about
the Association and the diabetes research program, please visit
www.diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).
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