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News Release

Red Sox Slugger Wily Mo Peña On Base for Joslin Diabetes Center

BOSTON – January 17, 2007 – Boston Red Sox Wily Mo Peña is teaming up with Joslin Diabetes Center's Latino Diabetes Initiative for the Beisbol y Salud Diabetes Awareness Project. Peña will host this program in the Dominican Republic on Jan. 20-21 and in Boston this spring to raise diabetes awareness in the Latino population.

Several other Major League Baseball players will join Peña in the Dominican Republic for the project, which includes a softball game that is sure to be a highlight of the event. The two-day program is being coordinated by Wily Mo Peña’s newly formed MoPeace Foundation, which aims to give back to those in need. This particular project will focus on the Latino community, which is at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The goal of the Beisbol y Salud Diabetes Awareness Project is to educate Latino men, women and children about type 2 diabetes and encourage them to improve their health through nutrition and exercise. During the event, Enrique Caballero, M.D., Director of Joslin's Latino Diabetes Initiative (LDI), will talk about type 2 diabetes management and prevention in the Latino community. Several other staff members from Joslin’s Latino Diabetes Initiative will travel to the Dominican Republic to participate in the project. They will conduct workshops for adults and children affected by diabetes, as well as training sessions for Dominican providers about the latest in diabetes research and treatment. Spanish-language diabetes education materials, including Joslin’s recently produced educational CD, the audio-novella Rosa's Story, will be available for participants.       
                                                                                                                                                                   
"Combating diabetes is a cause close to my heart and to my family's because so many of us have been touched negatively by this horrible disease," said Wily Mo Peña. "Any strength we can lend to the fight is our privilege, and we are honored to work with Joslin Diabetes Center." 

Other Major League Baseball players scheduled to participate in the two-day event, including the softball game, are Rafael Soriano (Atlanta Braves), Robinson Cano (New York Yankees), Alfonso Soriano (Chicago Cubs), Melky Cabrera (New York Yankees), T.J. Peña (Atlanta Braves), Edwin Encarnacion (Cincinnati Reds), Sendy Rleal (Baltimore Orioles) and Joel Guzman (Tampa Bay Devil Rays).

"Joslin’s Latino Diabetes Initiative is thrilled to collaborate with Wily Mo Peña and The MoPeace Foundation on such a significant program for a population at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes," said Dr. Caballero. "At Joslin, the LDI provides culturally competent diabetes care, research and education to its patients, and we look forward to bringing this to Latino patients and providers in the Dominican Republic." 

This project was made possible through the generosity of Abbott Laboratories. Additional sponsorship has been provided by the Fireman Foundation, Majestic Uniforms, Roche Diagnostics and GlaxoSmithKline.

About The MoPeace Foundation

The MoPeace Foundation, founded by Wily Mo Peña, Josh Zeide and Lorainne Soto, is dedicated to the general advancement of underserved and underrepresented children in the United States and Dominican Republic. The MoPeace Foundation strives to implement community programs that raise the knowledge levels of children through the use of technology, education and the fostering of familiarity of different youth through sports. The MoPeace Foundation aspires to assist the children of today in becoming the peacemakers of the world tomorrow.