From Dinner Parties to Toy Drives
A Banner Year for Fundraisers at the Berrie Center

From dinner parties and bike races to toy drives and bake sales—2018 was a banner year for patient-driven fundraisers large and small at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. “The generosity of the Berrie Center community inspires us and we are deeply appreciative,” said Co-Director Robin Goland, MD, the J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes at Columbia. “Every contribution advances our mission which is to provide the best clinical care for people with diabetes while pursuing the research that will lead us to a cure.”

In 2018, the Berrie Center brought its mission into the homes of patients and their families in the greater tri-state area by holding “cultivation events” or discussion groups with our researchers, scientists and clinicians. “Uplifting” is the word Dr. Goland used to describe these occasions. At one such event, Dominico Accili, MD, the Russell Berrie Foundation Professor of Diabetes at Columbia captivated his audience when he said that efforts towards a cure for diabetes were coming from three different directions; Technology is the first step, he said, but not the ultimate solution; the second direction is beta cell (from stem cell) replacement treatment and finally, his own project, which is the conversion of cells in the gut to insulin producing beta cells. A special thanks to event hosts Russ and Lisa Flicker, Dan and Cherie Serota and Cynthia Harris. 

And it is with great admiration that we thank the members of the Berrie Center’s Diabetes Advisory Board (led this year by Jay and Katama Eastman) who have, “the heart and the vision,” said Dr. Goland to understand and anticipate the needs of all people with diabetes. “They are the backbone of the Berrie Center.”  

If you have an idea for a fundraiser and you are interested in supporting the Berrie Center’s mission of the care until the cure please contact outreach and communications coordinator Tori Bender at TB2631@cumc.columbia.edu

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