Diabetes fundraiser succeeds

To the editor:

On June 28 the eighth annual “Swing for a Cure” golf fundraising event for the Outpatient Diabetes Center at UnityPoint Trinity was held at the Fort Dodge Country Club. Once again the generosity and support shown by members and businesses of the community was overwhelming.

The funds raised from this event over the past eight years has stayed locally, and has helped the Diabetes Center send 48 newly diagnosed diabetic youths to diabetes camp Hertko Hollow. Camp Hertko Hollow provides children with diabetes the opportunity to be educated to all aspects of the disease and the importance of maintaining blood sugar levels. Camp also provides these children the opportunity to form friendships with other children newly diagnosed with diabetes and the realization that they are not the only youth facing the challenges associated with diabetes.

Funds from this event have also provided:

Diabetes education for patients in need.

Communitywide diabetes educational programs.

Purchase of continuous glucose monitoring pumps for patient use as well as other patient equipment.

Diabetes education to patients in rural areas unable to travel.

Continuing education to diabetes center staff on latest treatments.

Educational materials for patients.

Community-wide diabetes awareness campaigns.

The Outpatient Diabetes Center at UnityPoint Trinity would like to thank Brandt, Nielsen and Associates, especially John and Christie Nielsen and all businesses and individuals who sponsored, participated, helped organize or volunteered at this event. It is through the support and effort of businesses and individuals in the community that enable us to continue to strengthen our programs and deliver new and innovative technology to the community.

Trinity Diabetes Center Team

Dr. Michael Lee

Medical director

Teresa Newman


Hope Friday

Connie Fox

Julie Clark

Pam Hollman

Fort Dodge