In 1985, the Norfolk Club, along with affiliates of the Capital Federation, helped spearhead the “Million Dollar Connection” to provide the million dollars of seed money needed to start a diabetes institute for research and treatment at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). Our very own First Citizen of Norfolk from 1958, the late Henry Clay Hofheimer, donated the first $25,000 towards the campaign. Now known as the EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center (SDC), it has become a world renowned center for diabetes research and treatment thanks to the efforts of many in our community.
Today, the SDC consists of an international team of clinical providers, scientists and educators whose combined efforts and resources offers the highest-quality treatment and patient care for individuals with endocrine and metabolic disorders. Their efforts seek to prevent the debilitating complications of neuropathy and cardiovascular disease, and is committed to improving the quality of life for patients with diabetes and other metabolic disorders by developing innovative methods for treatment and diagnosis.
Diabetes is a life-changing diagnosis, but because of the SDC, it is not life ending. The Cosmopolitan Club of Norfolk remains steadfast in its commitment to support the SDC and has pledged to give $40,000 over the course of 10 years to support their cause, along with continual volunteer efforts of its members and affiliates. Contact a Cosmo today to learn more about how you can join the Club, raise awareness, and support our partnership with the Strelitz Diabetes Center at Eastern Virginia Medical School to end diabetes!