Team Unity/UW Health Walks to Cure Diabetes
Madison, Wisconsin - What happens when Team Unity and UW Health join forces for a good cause?
We raise $54,582 to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure and set a fundraising record for our team.
Seventeen team captains recruited 241 participants who raised $35,424 and walked on Sept. 18 at Madison's Warner Park to support research to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes and education programs for those affected by the disease. That's an increase of almost $30,000 compared to last year.
Terry Bolz, President and CEO of Unity Health Insurance, provided a $500 match for each team to reward them for their efforts. The combination of individual team fundraising, the Unity match and corporate sponsorships from Unity and UW Health pushed our team over the $50,000 mark.
Since 2001, JDRF has funded $3 million in research grants at UW-Madison with more than $2.27 million of that total funded in the past five years alone. That research on islet cell transplant, gene therapy and stem cells directly impacts the care provided at UW Health.
"It was so rewarding to see the energy that our teams put into supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation," Bolz said. "On behalf of UW Health and Unity leadership, I’d like to thank our team captains and team members. We should feel very proud of the direct care that we provide our patients and families, as well as how we support our community partners."
Sue Sanford-Ring, UWHC Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety, and Joanne Rash, a physician assistant for the UW Carbone Cancer Center whose son Henry was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2009, worked with Bolz to champion the cause among UW Health and Unity employees.
Date Published: 10/26/2011