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Diabetes Services Receives $18,000 Donation August 31, 2009

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(From left) Don Bray, Debra Whitley and Sybil Surrett.

Diabetes Services Receives $18,000 Donation

August 25, 2009 (AUGUSTA, GA) – Larry Bray was known for his boundless enthusiasm and generous spirit. When the 40-year-old died suddenly in 2007, his family decided the best way to honor that spirit was to create the Larry Bray Memorial Foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and other diabetes programs. This was also a way to support Larry's niece, Maggie, who has Type 1 diabetes.

This year, the foundation presented University Health Care Foundation an $18,000 check for University Hospital’s Diabetes Services to be used for its Camp Juliet program for children with diabetes. The funds were raised during the Second Annual Larry Bray Memorial Golf Tournament held June 22 at West Lake Country Club in Augusta. The foundation also was able to donate an additional $18,000 to the JDRF.

Don Bray, Larry Bray’s father, said his family was excited to partner with University Health Care System for the annual golf tournament, especially as it was held in Augusta for the first time.

“We were overwhelmed by the response here in Augusta and by our entire community,” he said. “We’re also excited that we’re able to support both diabetes research and education through the funds we were able to raise.

“We certainly are looking forward to continuing this fundraising effort in the future.”

“I am overwhelmed by the generous donation Mr. Bray and his family have made to University Health Care Diabetes Services through the Larry Bray Memorial Golf Tournament,” said Debra Whitley, Program Coordinator of University’s Diabetes Services. “Mr. Bray put a lot of time and effort into planning this event to honor his son, and the community response shows that Larry Bray was loved and respected by all.”

Ms. Whitley said the gift will help ensure that Camp Juliet is able to meet the needs of its campers; providing diabetes education, arts and crafts, games, water sports and many more activities.

“This generous gift makes it possible for us to continue to offer this program to area children with diabetes,” she said.

About Camp Juliet: Camp Juliet offers children ages 7-17 with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes an authentic away-camp experience. The campers enjoy swimming, boating and other outdoor activities while learning to control their diabetes through workshops with physicians and clinicians.

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