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Eagles, Iowa Formalize Bridge To The Cure Project

On Tuesday, October 30, The Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) Board of Grand Trustees met with leadership from the University of Iowa to formalize the F.O.E.'s Bridge to the Cure project, which aims to translate research projects at the F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center into new medications to help alleviate the effects of diabetes.

With the new agreement, the F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center staff, led by Director Dr. E. Dale Abel, will form a committee, including one Eagles member, to recommend research projects for trial drug testing. Once a recommendation is made, it will be passed along to the F.O.E.'s Board of Grand Trustees, who will determine whether or not to issue a grant from the F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center Fund to facilitate the trials. 

In 2008, the F.O.E. pledged $25 million to fund research efforts at the Diabetes Research Center. To date, those research projects have generated more than $200 million in additional funding. 10 years into the partnership, the time has come to take these efforts to new heights by turning research into medicine with the help of our partners at University of Iowa.

Dear Friends,

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for the recent pledge from the Fraternal Order of Eagles designated for the Bridge to the Cure Fund within the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. For over a decade, the FOE have been dedicated and passionate supporters of the work being done here at the University of Iowa to eradicate diabetes - and as we achieve new milestones and make strides in our pursuit of new treatments and preventative measures, we know we could not do it without you.

As you may imagine, we are very proud of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center and the dedicated physicians and scientists who have made it their mission to treat and cure diabetes. Thanks to all of you for being a part of that team. I am sure countless hours of hard work and dedication have been invested into these fundraising efforts, and while the monetary value of the gifts is without question, the overall good that can come from this kind of support is priceless. Not only does it help fund and support critically important research programs at a time when national funding is on the decline, but it is an important reminder of what we can accomplish when we work together as a community. In today's world, that message is worth its weight in gold. 

Please know that we greatly appreciate your partnership and kindness. All of us involved with medicine at Iowa are grateful to you.

Warm regards,

J. Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA

Vice President for Medical Affairs
& Dean, Carver College of Medicine

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