The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is an impactful way to raise money for critically needed type 1 diabetes research, and to show your support for the millions of people affect by this serious disease.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin – a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly, and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.
With type 1 diabetes, there are no days off, and there is no cure. That is why JDRF holds more than 200 walks across the country to raise money for JDRF – the only global organization with a strategic research plan to end type 1 diabetes.
The JDRF has raised more than one billion dollars through hard work and the generosity from communities and cities like Albany. Every dollar JDRF directs toward research comes from donors. So the more the walkers raise, the closer they are to reaching the goal of a world without type 1 diabetes.
My brother, Cameron Enos, and I were both diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at a young age. Since then it has affected my family’s lives in ways that I can’t begin to describe. My family and I do the JDRF walk every year, and try to see how much money we can raise to help find a cure. Last year our team raised about $2000 dollars toward the cause. Every year JDRF brings together more than 900,000 people to change the future of Type 1 Diabetes. Many of these people have the disease themselves, and many more are friends, family, or coworkers of someone challenged by this disease. But no matter what their connection is, they walk because they believe in a world where diabetes no longer exists – a world where Type One has become Type None.
Each year, JDRF funds millions of dollars in life-changing research. This research has led to breakthroughs such as artificial pancreas systems and encapsulated beta cell therapies, both of which have moved into clinical trials. This three mile walk will be held on May 3, 2015, at the University of Albany. The check in time is at 9:30 A.M. and the walks starts at 11:00 A.M. The goal is to raise $354,000 and so far they have raised $14,433.49.