Proceeds from the 2016 Toshiba Classic will benefit the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag, which provides comprehensive services for those with, or at risk for diabetes regardless of their ability to pay. The tournament has generated over $18 million to benefit Hoag and other charities in its 18-year history.
The American Diabetes Association estimates that nearly 30 million Americans live with diabetes and more than 86 million Americans are at increased risk for diabetes. Recognizing that Orange County is deeply affected by this chronic disease, the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people with diabetes through its clinical, education and support services. Innovative and customized programs at the Allen Diabetes Center include "Sweet Success," a program tailored for women who have diabetes while pregnant; pediatric diabetes services, a multicultural program and the Herbert Family Program for Young Adults with Type I diabetes. Additionally, the Allen Diabetes Center is committed to community outreach and programs that provide care to underserved populations.
When their granddaughter was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of two and a half, Mary and Dick Allen turned to Hoag's medical leadership for guidance and training. For the Allens, their granddaughter's illness has led to a resolve extending beyond the experiences of their own family; this experience inspired the Allens to become advocates within the community and they actively support diabetes programming. They see it as their mission to educate and support others who live with diabetes. In an unprecedented demonstration of commitment to diabetes care, Hoag, in association with CHOC and through CHOC, the Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research Education, is collaborating to ensure that all members of our community have timely access to expert diabetes prevention, care and education.
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