Salpointe Catholic High Schools football team and the UA Steele Children's Research Center

Thursday, July 30, 2009 (All day)

CONTACT: Merri Siler (Salpointe): (520) 547-4341; cell: (520) 390-6522
Marianna Vazquez (Steele Center): (520) 626-9773; cell: (520) 604-0794

Tonight, the Salpointe Catholic High School football team will get the chance to learn what it’s like for a child to have type 1 diabetes. Pediatric endocrinologist Mark Wheeler, MD, with the UA Steele Children’s Research Center, will give a brief presentation about type 1 diabetes and discuss some of the diabetes research being conducted at the Steele Center.

The team will have an opportunity to check their blood-sugar level with blood-glucose meters provided by the Steele Center. This will enable them to experience what children with type 1 diabetes go through every day to manage their disease.

The University of Arizona, University Physicians Healthcare and University Medical Center work together to care for patients, educate medical students, train resident-physicians and conduct clinical and basic research. The UA Steele Children’s Research Center and UMC are working together to build Diamond Children’s Medical Center (, now under construction and scheduled to open in 2010. Diamond Children's will be Arizona’s only pediatric inpatient medical center connected to an academic research facility – the Steele Center (