City of Hope’s Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute


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City of Hope

A real estate investor with over 55 years of experience, Lew McGinnis works to share his success with those in need. Over the years, Lew McGinnis has dedicated his time and resources to a number of organizations, including City of Hope.

In addition to providing outstanding care for those with cancer and other serious illnesses, City of Hope oversees various research and education initiatives focused on several areas of medicine. For more than four decades, the organization has pursued lifesaving research in the field of diabetes. Today, City of Hope continues this work at its Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute.

Headed by Arthur D. Riggs, PhD, a pioneer in the area of insulin treatment, the institute comprises seven departments and programs that advance research to better understand the genetic and molecular causes of diabetes. Researchers at the institute are also working to develop innovative drugs and interventions that treat the disease at a molecular level. The institute’s other primary goals include building a better understanding of the relationship between diabetes and cancer while developing treatments that target both diseases.

Current projects at City of Hope’s Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute are, among other things, focused on creating insulin-producing cells from stem cells, improving treatments for complications caused by diabetes, and creating drugs that offer the same glucose-controlling benefits as those of exercise. The institute is also advancing groundbreaking research toward a cure for type 1 diabetes.


Become a Volunteer Docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum


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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Real estate investor Lew McGinnis owns a real estate investment firm in Nichols Hill, Oklahoma. A longtime community service leader and foundation board member, Lew McGinnis formerly served as the director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Foundation.

Ranked as one of the top 10 museums in the country by TripAdvisor, the 98-acre Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is home to a zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, and natural history museum. It relies on the support of volunteer docents, who engage visitors in the experience and help them appreciate the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. In addition to leading tours, docents support museum special events and conduct live animal interpretations.

To become a docent, volunteers, who must be members of the museum, are required to complete a training course and commit to a minimum of two years. Participants in the training course attend two four-hour classes per week for 15 weeks, learning about topics ranging from the history of the museum to ecology and geology. At the end of the course, graduates receive diplomas at a special graduation ceremony and are welcomed to the museum family.

To learn more about becoming a docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, visit