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Carla Gomes DH ’81 Serves Up Charity

9/12/2012

Walk down Salem Street in Boston’s North End, and you’ll probably see Carla Gomes DH ’81. The beloved, ubiquitous owner of Antico Forno and Terramia restaurants, at which MCPHS students and their families receive 10% discounts, incessantly shuttles between the two establishments whose employees are as close as family. In the North End, family comes first. No one knows that better than Gomes. Gomes’s son David, a 21-year old Pre-Med MCPHS student, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes on his first birthday. Gomes says that David was somewhat fortunate to receive an early diagnosis. Yet, living with diabetes poses major challenges. “Diabetes is always with you…It’s a consideration in each move you make, every day,” Gomes says.

Last May, Joslin Diabetes Center honored Gomes at Symphony Hall  for her tireless diabetes research and diabetes care fundraising efforts that have yielded more than $150,000 since 2003. Proceeds from the annual CityFeast at Antico Forno are directed to Joslin’s High Hopes Fund.  “I want to raise as much money as possible for High Hopes so that one day David and millions like him will be free from diabetes and its complications.”