When my wife Mary died of diabetes in 1983, my family and I began a journey to support innovative diabetes research nationwide. Twenty-three years and over $26 million later, The Iacocca Foundation has supported amazing scientists and helped advance exciting research. Today, we are focused on developing drug therapies that stop the underlying cause of the disease. I remain optimistic that a cure will be found during my lifetime and it is my sincere hope that this becomes part of my family's legacy.
In addition to the Iacocca Foundation's work with diabetes, there are several other endeavors with which I'm involved in and would strongly encourage you to get behind.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
When President Reagan first asked me to head up fund-raising to restore both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, I didn't hesitate. Today, we still work to maintain this gateway to America that so many of our parents and grandparents - including my own - have passed through.
In 1997, I established The Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry at my alma mater. Each summer, the program brings young business leaders from around the world to attend its applied leadership and cross-cultural training program.
Nourish the Children
Founded by the NuSkin corporation, this organization distributes nutritional supplements to needy and starving children all over the world, including right here in the States. To date, over 70 million meals have been distributed.
We formed this company in 1993 with the goal of introducing Americans to the benefits of a diet rich in Mediterranean olive oil. A portion of all products sold are donated to The Iacocca Foundation.
The Lee Iacocca Award
I conceived this award as a way to honor the world's most committed classic-car collectors and restorers around the world, as well as raise additional funds for The Iacocca Foundation.