Couple Donates $5 Mil to UVa Health System

Both of the Manning's children have diabetes

Sunday, Oct 25, 2009  |  Updated 11:00 PM EDT
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Couple Donates $5 Mil to UVa Health System

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A couple with a record of philanthropy has donated $5 million to fund diabetes research at the University of Virginia Health System.

The gift by Paul and Diane Manning comes on top of nearly $3 million they've donated to the university in recent years.

Paul Manning, whose two children have diabetes, says he thinks the health system has the best shot in the country of ultimately discovering a cure for Type I diabetes.

“We are making breakthroughs every day,” said Manning. I would like to cure diabetes by having therapy that takes diabetics off insulin injections, according to PBM spokesman Joe Shields.

Manning is the chief executive officer of PBM Products in Gordonsville, which markets and distributes baby formula to more than 20,000 retail locations.
 

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