Impact on Society
Unity. Service. Action.
To develop UNITY -
by the collective action of the membership within the community for the betterment of all.
To SERVE others -
by assisting others to obtain a more fruitful, productive, and happier lifestyle through the path of unselfish service.
To take ACTION -
which will contribute to community well-being and accomplish the defined goals of the individual club in order that all may live in a better world.
Our goal is to change the world one person and one community at a time. That's why Cosmopolitan International service projects - however large or small - aim to serve both individuals and communities.
Our Clubs across the US and Canada raise funds to assist in diabetes research, as well as help their local communities by sponsoring projects that are used by many people throughout their community. Our clubs raise and then donate over $950,000 annually to diabetic and community related causes.
Organizations receiving assistance from Cosmopolitan International include:
- Cosmopolitan International Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia $1,000,000
- Diabetes Institutes, now the Strelitz Diabetes Center, at Eastern Virginia Medical School $1,000,000
- Cosmopolitan Pediatric Diabetes Center in Sioux Falls, SD More than $116,000
- INGAP Diabetes Research Project at the Strelitz Diabetes Center at Eastern Virginia Medical School More than $750,000
- Alberta Diabetes Center has been generously funded by Cosmopolitan Foundation of Canada
- Various grant recipients who have received more than $1,000,000 in funds since 1984
Hopeful for a Cure
There are two hopefuls in the quest to find a cure for diabetes, and Cosmopolitan International provided start-up funding for both.
1) The First is INGAP, a drug developed concurrently by the Eastern Virginia Medical School and McGill University in Montreal, PQ. This is a drug that gets a pancreas producing natural insulin. There is a problem that must still be addressed, and that stems from the fact that when a body contracts diabetes, it develops a capacity to destroy insulin cells. So for INGAP to work properly, it must be administered with a second drug to suppress this problem. It’s working very well on animals, human testing to follow soon.
2) The other hopeful discovery is the Edmonton Protocol. In this treatment islets are harvested from a newly born piglet and injected into a human pancreas. This gets that pancreas producing natural insulin immediately, and many patients become diabetes free. There is still a rejection problem when foreign cells are placed in a human, so anti-rejection drugs are used. They may or may not have difficult side effects. Nonetheless, the treatment is proving to be very successful and we have Cosmopolitans who are happy patients of this treatment.