In 1994 the Rockford Club members decided to step a bit out on their own and made contact with the Crusader Clinic, discussing their Diabetic needs. At the time Crusader Clinic did not have a developed Diabetes program. During the first year the club extended a grant of $5,000.00 to fund glucose monitoring devices and strips. With the success of that initial year the club decided to make Crusader one of its major funding raising recipients. Each year the Club continued funding the Crusader program and invited other clubs and the Cosmopolitan International Diabetes Foundation to participate. Due to several successful years of collaboration the project became known as Crusader Clinic Cosmopolitan Diabetes Program, and adopted the label “UNTIL THERE IS A CURE.” In 2007, Cosmopolitan International recognized Crusader Clinic as one of its five Major Cosmopolitan Diabetes Center/Programs.
Gordon Eggers, President and CEO, Crusader Clinic, stated, “The Cosmopolitan Patient Learning Center will allow us to provide additional services and assist us in eliminating barriers i.e. literacy, language, for our patients. It will provide a common ground meeting place that will offer unique/individualized ways to learn such as touch screen health education monitors and one on one sessions. We are honored to have the support of the Cosmopolitans for this special opportunity to better serve our patients/community and make a difference in the lives of our diabetic patients—until there is a cure!