Novak donation gives hope to juvenile diabetes patients

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by Doug Proffitt

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 7 at 6:42 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Right now in Metro Louisville, 1,200 children are living with juvenile diabetes. It is type one diabetes, which means the body does not produce insulin naturally any more. Children must take daily insulin shots, or get insulin injected through insulin pump devices the size of a cell phone.

To help curb this epidemic, Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville is getting a new state-of-the-art diabetes center thanks to one well known Louisville family’s generosity.

The Lift a Life Foundation, established by David and Wendy Novak has donated $5 million to establish the "Wendy L. Novak" diabetes care center. David Novak is the CEO of Yum Brands. He lives in Louisville and he and his wife have been long time supporters of finding a cure for diabetes, and helping those with diabetes get the proper resources.

It’s all about education and treatment of juvenile diabetes-- something the Novak family knows well.

The Novak’s daughter, Ashley Novak Butler is the Lift a Life Foundation’s director.

“We have a close history with this disease. My grandfather, Jack Henderson was diagnosed when he was 4-years-old. My mother, Wendy Novak, was diagnosed when she was seven,” Ashley Novak Butler said.

The Novak’s all attended the announcement of the donation. The gift also will provide support to hire a physician, educator and nurse practitioner specialists; enhance medical, technological and educational resources and programs available to families; and improve inpatient and outpatient care facilities.

The gift is part of a $12 million initiative that will fund the creation of a state-of-the-art comprehensive diabetes care center to offer education and treatment of type one diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes.




 

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