We are indebted to Russ and Angelica Berrie and the Berrie Foundation for their visionary philanthropy that helped launch the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center (named for Russ’s mother) at the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion in 1998. Both Russ Berrie and his mother Naomi Berrie had diabetes. We thank the Berrie Foundation for their ongoing support for innumerable diabetes initiatives throughout the years including support for research fellowships and symposia, ophthalmology research and care, and the launch of a cutting-edge program in diabetes stem cell research aimed at curing diabetes.
Through their efforts, Russ and Angelica helped to advance diabetes research and to greatly improve diabetes care for thousands of people in the New York metropolitan area and beyond. We were deeply saddened to lose our dear friend and devoted benefactor, Russ Berrie, in December 2002. Russ’s spirit will remain with us always and will motivate and guide us as we work to extend his intent to treat, prevent and ultimately cure diabetes.