YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown residents Bob and Kathi Kearney, after raising $19,000 at its 10th annual Drive to Cure Diabetes Golf Outing in July, have now donated more than $100,000 in their quest to cure type 1 diabetes, a condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.
All $102,000 raised by the non-profit organization supports the work of Dr. Denise Faustman of Massachusetts General Hospital. On Oct. 17, the Kearneys traveled to Boston, where they hand-delivered the latest donation.
Faustman’s lab has conducted clinical trials using Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), an inexpensive generic drug, as a treatment for advanced type 1 diabetes. Five years after receiving these injections, the patients have normal blood sugar levels, low hemoglobin levels, and do not need to take insulin, Bob Kearney wrote at drivetocurediabetes.org.
The Kearneys were inspired to create Drive to Cure Diabetes because of their daughter, Casey, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 11 years old. Now 23, Casey is a second-year masters student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying oboe performance with Eugene Isotov, principal oboist with the San Francisco Symphony.
Learn more about Bob and Kathi’s efforts at drivetocurediabetes.org.