$20 Million Dollar Gift From Harold And Sue Ann Hamm Launches Five-Year, $100 Million Dollar Campaign For The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center
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Largest Single Donation in History of OU Health Sciences Center
Board of Advisors Includes 33 of Oklahoma’s Most Influential Leaders
OKLAHOMA CITY – A $20 million dollar gift from Harold and Sue Ann Hamm was announced today, launching a $100 million dollar campaign for the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
“This is the largest single gift in the history of the Health Sciences Center,” Mr. Boren said. “Added to their previous support, Harold and Sue Ann Hamm have provided more than $30 million to help us create an internationally top-ranked, university-based center for diabetes research and clinical care.
The five-year, $100 million campaign seeks to raise funds to support research aimed at finding a cure for the disease that afflicts an estimated 600,000 Oklahomans.
“Diabetes is a pervasive disease that has had a devastating impact on young and old Oklahomans alike, especially among our Native American and other minority communities,” said David L. Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma. “We estimate that diabetes accounts for $3 billion a year in health care costs, just in our state.
“The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center is on a mission to find a cure,” Mr. Boren said. “While we work toward that goal, we are educating people about the challenges of living with diabetes, teaching them how to prevent the development of diabetes and its complications, and providing the best possible diabetes care.”
“The university and hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans who suffer from diabetes are deeply grateful for the incredible generosity and personal commitment of Harold and Sue Ann. I am especially grateful for the time, energy and personal leadership that Harold continues to provide to the work of the center.”
The center also announced the establishment of a 33-member Board of Advisors that includes many of the most influential leaders from across Oklahoma, including Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation, Chief Greg Pyle of the Choctaw Nation, Chief John Red Eagle of the Osage Nation, and Chief Chad Smith of the Cherokee Nation.
In addition, the board includes Head Coach Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State University, Head Coach Bob Stoops of the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.
“This is an exceptional group of Oklahoma leaders who can help us bring to bear the resources and vision to find a cure for diabetes,” said Harold Hamm, chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLR).
“The American Diabetes Association estimates that almost 26 million children and adults – 8.3 percent of the U.S. population – have diabetes,” Hamm said. “Last year 1.9 million new adult cases were diagnosed. The consequences severely affect families all across our nation. It’s time to find a cure, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is leading the way.”
Diabetes, particularly Type 2 (or acquired) diabetes, is a growing problem across the United States, and Oklahoma is among the most impacted states. Approximately 200,000 Oklahoma residents have been diagnosed with diabetes, while 400,000 more are estimated to have pre-diabetes or to be significantly at risk for developing diabetes.
Diabetes increases the risks of heart attack, stroke and amputation, and can also lead to complications including kidney damage, kidney failure, blindness, and nerve damage. The National Cholesterol Education Panel recently defined diabetes as a “cardiovascular risk equivalent,” which means that an otherwise healthy person with diabetes is at the same risk for a future heart attack as a non-diabetic person who has already had a heart attack.
The prevalence of diabetes increases with age and is higher in minority populations, including Native Americans, African Americans and Hispanic Americans. The high prevalence of diabetes among older adults and minorities is well illustrated by the fact that one quarter of the 40,000 military veterans who attend the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center have been diagnosed with diabetes, and another 10,000 have insulin resistance.
The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center is coordinating three programs aimed at diabetes research and treatment: the Adult and Pediatric Programs both based at the Oklahoma University Health Centers in Oklahoma City, and the Tulsa Program, based at the Schusterman Center at the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa.
The newly announced Diabetes Center Board of Advisors includes:
Governor Bill Anoatubby
George Kaiser Family Foundation
Jackie Cooper Dealerships
Mayor Mick Cornett
Cothran Development Strategies
Alliance Resource Partners, LP
K. Stewart Exploration, LLC
Glass Operating Group, LLC
Mike Gundy, Head Coach
Oklahoma State University
Continental Resources, Inc.
Sue Ann Hamm
Maggie Hille Yar
Mercedes Benz of OKC
National American Insurance Company
JMA Energy Company
Public Relations Consultant
Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Museum
Riata/Longfellow Oil and Gas
Panther Energy Company
Panther Energy Company
Norman Senior Care, LLC
Dr. David Parke
Black Chronicle Newspaper
Chief Greg Pyle
Dr. Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes
Chief John Red Eagle
Chief Chad Smith
Bob Stoops, Head Coach
University of Oklahoma
Switzer Talent Agency
The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center was established to promote the well-being of people with or at a higher risk of developing diabetes, regardless of ethnic background or financial status. For more information or to make a donation, please click Make A Donation or contact the center by phone at (405) 271-7000 or (918) 619-4803 in Tulsa, or at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call
OUHSC Office of Development
For more information about the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center, go to http://hhodc.ouhsc.edu/