I started my career in type 1 diabetes (T1D) in 2002 alongside Lee Iacocca as executive director of the Iacocca Foundation. Since my first day of work, I have been committed to improving the lives of those affected by T1D by funding the most promising research, development, and perhaps the most importantly, patient care and support efforts. As the years have passed, I have grown more impatient and frustrated by the pace of research and the delivery of new therapeutic solutions for people living with T1D.
The year 2014 marks an important milestone: 10 years ago this month I was in New York City, hosting an Iacocca Foundation event and celebrating Lee’s 80th birthday. During the event Lee gave a fantastic speech and said two very important things. First he said he wanted to see a cure in his lifetime. Tomorrow Lee celebrates his 90th birthday—happy birthday, Lee! And second, he said, “If you’re a mouse I got you covered,” meaning we’ve cured a lot of mice, but we need to focus on studying people.
Today, I pay tribute to my mentor Lee Iacocca and renew my commitment to continue to do all I can do to accelerate the promise and pace of research. I believe the future is brighter than ever before and good things are happening in T1D. I hope you will take a minute to learn about our “Smash Diabetes” kick-off that will be announced tomorrow, October 15, and visit T1D Exchange and continue to visit us here on Glu to learn how you can get involved in changing the future of type 1 diabetes.
Thank you for your support,
Dana A. Ball
Executive Director, TID Exchange