Cristina Poo was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 4.
Her parents, Ramon and Tina, joined the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation – and began helping with fundraisers.
But Ramon identified another way he could help. As head of a successful manufacturing company, he lent his engineering expertise to make equipment crucial to the DRI’s research -- a device called the "Ricordi Chamber," which separates islet cells from the donor pancreas – the first key step in an islet transplant.
Now, Poo provides the equipment to the DRI – and to diabetes research centers around the world.