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AMVETS gift supports diabetes research at Ohio University

Charlie Turner, Ohio University VP for Advancement Leonard Raley, Jim Graham, District Commander Bob Cecil, John Kopchick, National Commander John Sisler, Joe Stevenson, Delmer Click, J.R. Blankenship and George Ondick at the AMVETS check presentation. Photos by Johnny HansonATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 14, 2003) -- Representatives of AMVETS recently presented a $15,000 check to Ohio University researcher and Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar John Kopchick at the Konneker Research Laboratory.

Part of Ohio University's Bicentennial Campaign, the AMVETS gift will support diabetes research by making funds available for the salaries of student research assistants who are themselves veterans or whose parents are veterans.

Diabetes affects more than 19 million Americans, or 7.3 percent of the population. The picture is worse in Appalachian Ohio where the Ohio University Center for Appalachian and Rural Health Research found that approximately 16 percent of area residents have diabetes. Genetics, diet, activity level and economic status are factors for the high rate.

Kopchick and his group study the molecular and cellular events involved in growth, obesity and diabetes. The AMVETS gift will provide students with a valuable source of income and experience and will allow them to be a part of an important research effort.

John Kopchick presents diabetes research information to AMVETS representatives.The Bicentennial Campaign -- which has raised more than $175 million toward its goal of raising $200 million in time for the university's bicentennial in 2004 -- will provide money for scholarships, endowed professorships, technological enhancements, innovative programs and select capital improvements.

A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America's Armed Forces, AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements and the community services that enhance the quality of life for this nation's citizens.

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