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Mineola Lions Club Supports Diabetes Education

Members of the Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club recently gathered in support of the Diabetes Education Center at Winthrop- University Hospital to present two charitable donations totaling $12,000. A pledge payment in the amount of $10,000 was directed to Winthrop’s “Lifestyle Balance to Prevent Diabetes: A Pre-Diabetes Intervention Program” – a unique program designed to promote lifestyle changes among people with pre-diabetes and stem the rise in type 2 diabetes; a separate $2,000 donation will support the Center’s Kids Interested in Diabetes (KIDS) Program – an interactive educational program designed to teach children ages seven to 12 about diabetes through games and activities.

The Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club is an ardent supporter of efforts that help prevent and treat diabetes and its devastating side effects such as blindness. Over the years, the Mineola Lions Club has demonstrated its commitment to support the Diabetes Education Center through numerous donations including a $100,000 pledge in 2007, which enabled the creation of the innovative Pre-Diabetes Program at Winthrop.


Pictured (l.-r.) are Mineola Lions Club members Peter Gold; William “Billy” Green; John P. Broder, Vice President, External Affairs & Development at Winthrop and Past President of the Mineola Lions Club; Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, MA, CDE, Executive Director of Winthrop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute and Director of the Diabetes Education Center; Chris Lopez, President of the Mineola Lions Club; Mike Schwagerl, Treasurer; and Thomas Jacoberger.
Vol. 19, No. 3
Fall 2009

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