Diabetes research is a cause close to the heart of the Leef family and ITU AbsorbTech. George L. Leef, ITU AbsorbTech’s second generation president, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1929, shortly after the discovery of insulin. George lived a full life but still needed hundreds of thousands of blood checks and insulin shots. He suffered from diabetic neuropathy before passing away in 2007. George gave generously to diabetes research. In honor ofhis love of golf, the first Tee Up Fore the Cure was played in 2006. Seventy-two players helped raise $7,000 for type 1 diabetes research.
n 2016,Tee Up Fore the Cure partnered with Milwaukee Brewers’ pitching great, Ken Sanders, to add new dimensions to the event including celebrity golfers. Robin Yount was Tee Up’s first featured celebrity for the 10th anniversary celebration followed by fellow Hall of Famer, Rollie Fingers, in 2017 and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Dave Robinson in 2018 and Brewers’ greats Gorman Thomas and Jim Gantner in 2019. The event has grown to 230 players and has raised more than $500,000 for local type 1 diabetes research to date.