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2nd Annual Memorial Golf Tournament to Benefit UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence

Date Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Dr. Dale Greiner, Alan Stolarczyk, Joe DiGiorgio, Blake Aboody, Jonathan and Leah Nozzolillo, Dr. David Harlan 

Joseph Nozzolillo was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just after his 10th birthday.  He had a wonderful relationship with his care team at UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE), however struggled to keep his blood sugars and A1c within range, which led to severe diabetic neuropathy.  Joe passed away from complications caused by his diabetes, at the young age of 31. 

“We wanted the money raised by the golf tournament to stay local and help other people being treated for diabetes at UMass,” said Joseph’s brother Jonathan.  “We appreciate all they did for him.”

In 2018, friends and family came together to put together a successful inaugural golf tournament.  They proudly presented a check for $10,500 on behalf of the Joe “Nuzzy” Nozzolillo Memorial Foundation to UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence co-directors David Harlan, MD and Dale Greiner, PhD. 

Their second annual event raised $12,000. Once again, Joe’s brother and sister were among the group which toured the DCOE research laboratories.

“I didn’t realize how much diabetes research happens right here in Worcester,” said Joseph’s sister Leah.  “It was impressive to see the state-of-the-art facility, and to hear about the novel research, unique to UMass, happening right here in Worcester.”

Michael Brehm, PhD, who also lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D), showed them around the labs and explained some of the research taking place at UMass Medical School.  DCOE scientists have recently uncovered new insights into T1D development, and are also working on a unique approach to treat type 2 diabetes (T2D) and its complications.  

“The average person doesn’t get to see how much incredible research is happening in our own backyard, working to put an end to diabetes,” added Jonathan.   

“We're grateful for this gift and per the family’s wishes, will be put towards improving the lives of our patients living with diabetes,” said Dr. Harlan.  “It means a lot to us and is very much appreciated when patients donate to our diabetes care and/or research.”

Leah, Jonathan, and Joey