Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

Sharer family presents $1 million gift to UI Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

On Jan. 15, the brothers of Teresa (Sharer) Benoit presented the final installment of a gift from their sister totaling more than $1 million to the University of Iowa Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. Jack Sharer and Michael (“Mick”) Sharer presented the gift to representatives of the FOE Diabetes Research Center in honor of Teresa, who had diabetes most of her life and passed away on March 28, 2013.

Teresa (Sharer) Benoit of Laurel, Iowa, was a patient at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and directed that a portion of her estate be given to further research of relevance to type 1 Diabetes at the FOE Diabetes Research Center. The center’s goal is to advance research into the causes, prevention and treatment of diabetes. E. Dale Abel, M.D., D.Phil., director of the FOE Diabetes Research Center, says: “In my first year at Iowa, I have had the opportunity to discover the remarkable support that Iowans give to the university and to medical research. This generous gift will make a tremendous difference in the search for a cure for diabetes and better treatments of its complications. We vow to work diligently to merit the confidence placed in us by Teresa and the Sharer family.”

“Diabetes is a terrible, terrible disease, and our sister really struggled with it,” says Mick Sharer. “I’m convinced that the UI is doing the right things, and I hope that this gift will make a difference.”

The FOE Diabetes Research Center, which will be housed in the newly constructed Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building on the UI campus, will celebrate its grand opening this fall. The center currently has more than 100 investigators collaborating on diabetes research.

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Dana Larson, UI Foundation, 319-467-3661