Saturday, January 26, 2013

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

There are several organizations that bring awareness to and raise funds for diabetes research, so a good question may be why do we pour our heart, soul, and sanity into raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). 

First, there is a JDRF chapter along with a Walk to Cure Diabetes right here in Cowtown. And after doing this for several years, we have come to love the people in the Ft. Worth office. These are people who do not make a ton of cash who throw themselves into raising money to improve the lives of our kiddos. They are passionate about curing diabetes, and for that we are super grateful.

Second, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research. Again, this directly benefits our kiddos, so we will continue to do what we can to help them research ways to make technology work for diabetics.

But don't take our word for it. From the JDRF website ( 
     JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by               passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.
     Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education.
Not convinced yet? How about I throw a celebrity at you? Actor Kevin Kline is the parent of a Type 1 diabetic. He also pours his heart and soul into helping JDRF be a successful player in the curing diabetes games. In this CNN interview, he talks about what it's like to be the parent of a diabetic, but he, along with a representative from JDRF, talks about JDRF's goals. Give it a watch, would you please? 
See? That, ladies and gentlemen, is why we work so hard to raise money for JDRF, and we hope that you will consider supporting them, too. They are, to put it mildly, good people.

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