The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation mourns the death of Ron Santo

Fundraising efforts for research aimed at findings a cure for type 1 diabetes took a hit recently, as former All-Star third baseman Ron Santo, a major supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, has died.

Santo had a productive career playing third base in the Major Leagues for 14 years, most of it with the Chicago Cubs. He put up impressive numbers, despite playing his entire career with type 1 diabetes. During his career he kept the condition well controlled, but was forced to have both his legs amputated after his playing days because of the condition.

Following his baseball career, Santo was a major supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Patrick Reedy, executive director of the Illinois chapter of the foundation, told WGN that his death will be detrimental to their efforts.

"Ron was the face and the voice of JDRF," he told the news source.