“[T]o the DRI: you do such incredible research; I know it will help us find the cure one day."
-- Gary Hall, Jr.
Gary Hall, Jr. Olympic champion swimmer
Why he's involved
He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999.
At the time of his diagnosis, doctors told him he would never again be able to compete at the same level that saw him win four medals, including two gold, at the 1996 Olympics. Gary proved everyone wrong in a big way, winning his first individual gold by capturing the 50m free at the 2000 Olympics and doing it again in 2004.
How he helps
The Gary Hall, Jr. Foundation for Diabetes supports cure-focused research, including the work underway at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI). Gary serves on the Florida Board of Directors of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. He also is serving as the spokesman for an international DRI initiative that is exploring the potential benefits of physical exercise on autoimmune disease conditions.
Why the DRI?
"Diabetes doesn’t have to stand between you and your dreams, and that is why we are all here,” said Hall at a fundraising event benefiting the DRI. “Thank you to the DRI Foundation for helping us put on this event. And to the DRI: you do such incredible research; I know it will help us find the cure one day.”