Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

September 18, 2009

I first heard about diabetes as a child when my Yia-Yia (Greek for Grandmother) was diagnosed. Since then, the next time I encountered the disease was when Nick Jonas came out as a diabetes patient. But millions of other (not so famous) Americans live with this disease every single day.
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. J.J. gave me tons of great info on the disease and what JDRF is doing to find a cure. There is Type I and Type II Diabetes and no matter what type you have the disease has the potential to affect every organ in your body. From our eyes, to our livers, to causing heart disease. Everyone from healthy athletes to the elderly can be diagnosed and diabetes is not solely sparked from a poor diet or inadequate exercise, as many stereotypes project. Insulin shots are used for survival and some patients require as many as 7-8 shots a day. Not only is this challenging to the patient, but families also deal with the affects.
But the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is making HUGE strides in helping these patients. $.86 of every $1 donated to JDRF goes directly toward education and research. JDRF hosts numerous events throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for their cause. Ranging from Rock the Walk (September 25) to The Walk to Cure Diabetes (November 14) and their annual Black Tie Gala (spring time). Not only do these events welcome community members to attend, but volunteers are always needed!
After meeting with J.J. I felt like I not only formed a great partnership in the community, but I walked away with a plethora of knowledge I didn’t have before. J.J. was warm, welcoming and enthusiastic about her cause. It’s always great to meet a neighbor that feels as passionate about serving as I do. I encourage everyone to check out more info on Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation here. If you’d like to volunteer for the Rock the Walk event click here.

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