Help Yoon help millions (and send him to the Birkie!)


I've joined Team JDRF to raise funds for the millions of people living with type 1 diabetes. The money I raise will help JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) fund research that will allow those with type 1 diabetes to enjoy life without daily insulin injections, pumps, or dangerous transplantations.

You may be wondering if I have a personal connection with T1D.  I don’t, but when I went to register for the race I learned that by joining Team JDRF I could support a good cause while enjoying the Birkie.  I also learned that due to the Birkie's popularity, this is my ONLY way to register for the race!! 

Please support JDRF and me by contributing to Birkie Skiers to Cure Diabetes.  To recognize your contribution, I have created special rewards for different levels, some including tattooing your name on my face on race-day.


Thank you for your support,



***  Giving Levels and Corresponding Recognition  ***  

Green Circle Friend ($1 - $9)

 - an appreciative thank-you email  

Blue Square Partner ($10 - $24)

 - email and donor name recognition in the Blue Square area of my face

Black Diamond Patron ($25 - $49)

 - email and recognition in the Black Diamond area of my face

Double Black Diamond Benefactor ($50 - $99)

 - email and recognition in the Double Black Diamond area of my face, with your choice of font

Triple Diamond-Encrusted Platinum Gold Visionary ($100 and above)

-       email and donor name recognition in the Double Black Diamond area of my face, with your choice of font, in bold

-       PLUS any non-offensive costume addition to my race-day gear

***   FAQs   ***

What is the Birkie?

The American Birkebeiner (or Birkie) is the largest cross country ski race in North America. I will be joining Team JDRF for the 54 km (34 mi) classic freestyle race from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin. Each year approximately 10,000 skiers participate in the various Birkie events. The 41st Birkie will be held on February 22, 2014.

What is Type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.

 What is JDRF?

JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.