Gifts in Action -
MEET CHARLIE WOLFE
Charlie Wolfe, a 2000 engineering graduate of the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is all too well aware of the daily
struggles involved in living with diabetes. His fiancée, Britta
Tencate, has the disease.
while there is currently no cure, he is determined to help find one.
His $12,500 gift, matched by the GE Foundation, will endow an annual
prize given directly to a graduate student conducting diabetes
"By going directly to the student,
we maximize the gift's effectiveness by avoiding organizational
bureaucracy and overhead costs that can weigh down research efforts,"
The innovative award can be
given to any student on the Urbana campus who is conducting diabetes
research — whether it's an engineer working on a new insulin pump, a
sociologist studying the effects of living with the disease, or a
medical researcher working to discover a cure.
"Charlie Wolfe's gift is in keeping with the College's passion for
addressing health problems and our commitment to doing it in an
interdisciplinary way," says Dr. Brad Schwartz, the College of
Medicine's regional dean at the Urbana-Champaign campus. "This approach
allows us to take advantage of the creativity and expertise of people
across disciplines to tackle important issues in human health."
The couple anticipates the fund will grow this summer when they marry
because they intend to encourage guests to donate to the fund in lieu