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  Washington Nationals Team up with Children’s National to Battle Diabetes
April 18, 2008

As they begin a new season in a brand-new stadium, the Washington Nationals are also launching a new partnership with Children’s National Medical Center.

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is partnering with Children’s National Medical Center to make the dreams of children and adolescents with diabetes come true. The Dream Foundation has pledged $2 million toward the creation of a Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex, a 6,500-square-foot area that will provide room for clinical treatment and educational studies about diabetes in children. The full cost of the complex is estimated at $5 million.

The facility will help Children’s National continue to provide the best pediatric diabetes care with new state-of-the-art outpatient treatment rooms and an education center that will serve to teach families about diabetes management and provide resources for further information. The complex will strengthen Children’s National’s outstanding clinical program, expand its reach, and involve patients in clinical trials and more enriched multidisciplinary services including comprehensive outpatient social work.

"With the largest pediatric diabetes program in the region, Children's National is proud to partner with the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation to provide much-needed resources to a growing population of children," said Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., president and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center.

Fran Cogen, MD, director of Children’s Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program, explained the urgent need for the new facility.

“In my 15 years as a pediatric diabetologist, I have seen the number of children with diabetes increase tremendously," said Dr. Cogen. "With this generous commitment from the Nationals, we can better serve the children who suffer from this lifelong disease – and hopefully help prevent obesity and the development of type 2 diabetes with the promotion of healthy lifestyles.”

Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, chair of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and principal owner of the Washington Nationals, added, “Diabetes is an often over-looked, under-served illness. The foundation is thrilled to be able to use its leadership in the community to draw attention to the problem, and – through its partnership with one of the nation's leading institutions for children's health care -- provide children with diabetes consistent first-rate care and hope for a healthier future.”

Sunday, July 13, has been scheduled as Children’s National Day at Nationals Park, when the team will take on the Houston Astros in a 1:35 pm game.