Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Monday announced a $3-million gift from the Iacocca Family Foundation to expand a program for type 1 diabetes at the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center.
In appreciation of the gift, Hoag is naming the Mary & Lee Iacocca Program in Type 1 Diabetes to honor the foundation’s mission to fund diabetes research that could lead to a cure for the disease and alleviate its complications.
Onetime Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp. executive Lee Iacocca, who died in 2019, established the foundation in 1984, after his wife, Mary, died from complications of type 1 diabetes. Since its inception, the Iacocca Family Foundation has funded more than $40 million in promising research projects.
“We could not be more grateful to the Iacocca Family Foundation for supporting Hoag’s role in becoming the preeminent, trusted destination for comprehensive type 1 diabetes care in Orange County,” said Flynn A. Andrizzi, president of the Hoag Hospital Foundation.