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Curing Diabetes, Pigs Turn to Lions
Date:6/26/2009

er with Lion Larry Winner, of Duluth, Minn., due to his commitment in promoting diabetes research for more than 12 years. As a trustee of the foundation, and Multiple District Spring Point Project Chairperson he will lead the way by promoting awareness and financial support for our activities through all reaches of the Lions organization."

Type 1 diabetes destroys islet cells, which requires people with this disease to inject themselves regularly with insulin in order to stay alive. Diabetes often leads to debilitating conditions such as blindness, stroke and heart attack. Replacing islets is the basis for the potential diabetes cure. Spring Point Project operates a biosecure facility known as the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) Islet Resource Facility where high-health, 'medical-grade' pig donors are produced as a source for the islets suitable for human transplantation.

The Lions Clubs, www.lionsclubs.org, headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., is the world's largest service organization of 1.3 million men and women in 205 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Beginning in 1917, the association has provided millions of people with the opportunity to give something back to their communities.

Spring Point Project, www.springpointproject.org, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., is working to provide an unlimited source of pig islet cells to accelerate the availability and affordability of islet transplantation to cure diabetes. Spring Point Project and the Schulze Diabetes Institute of the University of Minnesota work in partnership to provide the source and science needed to move toward a cure for diabetes.

Schulze Diabetes Institute,

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