MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that Saturday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Target Center will be Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Night, presented by Sanford Health & MeritCare. Through The Sanford Project, Sanford Health has undertaken its most intensive research project to date with the goal of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. Sanford Health & MeritCare and the Timberwolves have partnered together to help educate fans and raise money in support of this important cause.
"Saturday's event is a great opportunity for the Timberwolves to support the missions of Sanford Health & MeritCare, a fantastic business partner of ours, in finding a cure for type 1 diabetes," said Timberwolves Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales and Services Ethan Casson. "Together with our fans and partners, we'll work to educate people on this disease and how they can join the fight to find a cure."
As part of Diabetes Awareness Night, Sanford Health & MeritCare has invited 1,500 doctors, employees and other guests to Target Center. Sanford Health will also be distributing information on type 1 diabetes to all fans in attendance.
Throughout the season, the Wolves have been working to support Sanford's research efforts through the "Shoot for the Cure" initiative in which the team will donate $10 for every three-point basket the Wolves hit to The Sanford Project. To date, the Wolves have hit 275 threes this season, putting them on pace for a donation of nearly $4,000 by season's end.
One year after receiving the largest gift in healthcare history from Mr. Denny Sanford, Sanford Health identified type 1 diabetes as the area of focus for The Sanford Project, the organization’s intensive investment toward a cure. Since then, Sanford has assembled a world-class team of international researchers to pursue this goal. The team will move into its new home, the Sanford Research Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., this summer where it will continue to expand through additional recruitment of experienced type 1 diabetes researchers and staff.
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