Our History

Lee and Mary IacoccaThe Iacocca Family Foundation was created to fund innovative and promising diabetes research programs and projects that will lead to a cure for the disease and alleviate complications caused by it. To everyone living with type 1 diabetes, it has brought new hope and promise.

Lee Iacocca established the Foundation in 1984 in honor of his late wife, Mary K. Iacocca, who died from complications of type 1 diabetes. Since its inception, the Foundation has funded more than $45 million in promising research projects.

Although tremendous progress has been made through scientific advances, many questions still exist as to the cause of diabetes and its complications. The only way to solve the mystery is through quality medical research. The Iacocca Family Foundation has matured to become a leader in the world’s battle against diabetes. Only through the joint efforts of our government, medical science, business communities and private individuals, will we be able to increase awareness and continue to fund research to conquer diabetes once and for all.

Lee Iacocca and grandchildrenLee Iacocca and grandchildren