About JDRF Walk

We're the walk the walk type

Each year, JDRF Walk brings together more than 900,000 people to change the future for people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) by raising money for research. Many people who walk have T1D 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 T1D no longer exists—a world where Type One has become Type None.


We're the putting your dollars to work type

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.

ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS

We're the make our own pancreas type

JDRF is proud to support the first successful real-world test of a revolutionary closed-loop artificial pancreas system, allowing those with T1D to live as normal a life as possible until there's a cure.

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COMPLICATIONS

We're the see into the future type

Thanks to your support, JDRF-funded research led to the discovery of Lucentis—the first new therapy with the ability to reverse diabetes-related vision loss in 30 years—creating a brighter future for millions.

$13

ENCAPSULATION

We're the bodyguard for beta cells type

JDRF is funding clinical trials for encapsulated cell therapies, which will restore insulin independence in those with T1D for an incredible 18 months to two years by implanting newly created insulin-producing beta cells into a protective capsule, so they can do their job, and those with T1D can enjoy a little freedom.

$13

GLUCOSE CONTROL
(including Smart Insulin)

We're the making insulin smarter type

JDRF is funding the early development of smart insulin. A single daily dose of insulin circulates in the bloodstream — turning on when it's needed and off when it's not — giving those with T1D perfect blood-glucose control throughout the day.

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RESTORATION

We're the help the body do it on its own type

JDRF is funding research on restoration, a potential biological cure for T1D that taps into the body’s amazing power to heal itself, restoring beta cells’ ability to produce insulin while thwarting the autoimmune attack that triggers T1D.

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PREVENTION

We're the stop it before it starts type

Thanks to you, JDRF is able to support work on a vaccine to slow or stop the progression of T1D before insulin dependence occurs. For those at risk of T1D, prevention is powerful medicine.

$14

We're the stronger together type

With more than 200 JDRF Walks across the country each year, everyone has an opportunity to participate. And for those who can't make their local JDRF Walk, or want to walk with someone who is some distance away, they can choose to walk virtually. You can also choose to start or join a team, walk alone or even volunteer.

We're the bring our friends and family type

There are two types of JDRF Walk teams: Family and Corporate. Family teams aren't limited to family members. They can include friends, coworkers, classmates and neighbors—everyone is welcome to join. Corporate teams are created by companies who want to support T1D research, but just like family teams, anyone can join, even nonemployees.

No matter what type of team you're on, you’ll experience benefits when you walk with others. Teams generally raise more money, rally more support and awareness for JDRF and T1D, and make JDRF Walks even more enjoyable. To start a team, just register as a team captain, and from there, you can invite anyone you like.

Once you register, you'll have access to your online Participant Center, where you'll find fundraising tips, tools, emails and more—everything you need to make your fundraising efforts as successful as possible.

Are you the walk the walk type?

Register now and take the first step toward a world without T1D.