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Bank Of America Honors Director Of Chicago Diabetes Project

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The 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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(WSCR) Bank of America today recognized Dr. José Oberholzer, director of the Chicago Diabetes Project, as the second annual recipient of the Mayor Richard M. Daley and Maggie Daley Award.

The award was established in 2010 to honor the Bank of America Chicago Marathon participant who raised the most funds for charity through the annual world-class endurance event. Dr. Oberholzer and his team, Cellmates on the Run, raised more than $125,000 for the Chicago Diabetes Project, which is a collaboration of scientists, researchers, physicians and surgeons dedicated to curing diabetes. Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley joined race director Carey Pinkowski and Bank of America Illinois President Tim Maloney in presenting the award to Dr. Oberholzer at yesterday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charity Reception.

“Dr. José Oberholzer and the Chicago Diabetes Project embody the charitable spirit and community focus of the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle and Bank of America Chicago Marathon,” said Maloney. “It’s an honor to present this award to José, as he oversees a project in Chicago that is committed to advancing diabetes research, and to ultimately finding a cure for a disease that more than 1.3 million people in the United States are diagnosed with each year.”

The Chicago Diabetes Project’s charity team became an official charity with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2009. In the last three years, the team has raised approximately $300,000 through Marathon fundraising efforts.

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