Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
YES, THERE'S STILL TIME TO MAKE A DONATION, even though Walk Day has gone by. Just click the bright blue "Donate to Sandy" button, above.
Well, Saturday morning, October 12th, turned out fair and sunny in Santa Barbara, with plenty of fresh ocean air and festive spirits among the crowd gathered for the Walk to Cure Diabetes.
By my estimate, there were at least 1,000 people of all ages, enjoying live music, healthy snacks, and falling into step behind a band of colorful percussionists who set a joyous, energetic pace.
The atmosphere of hope was contagious, as people taking action came together to recognize those coping with T1D, to dialog, and to celebrate the compassionate generosity of their Walk sponsors, who make continuing scientific research possible.
I feel so honored to be part of this group of action-takers. And I am deeply grateful to every one of my Walk sponsors, for enabling me to make an impactful contribution to this effort.
This experience has opened my eyes to the impact caring people can create, and how very many beautiful, caring people there are.
I truly believe that a donation to JDRF is money well-spent, because ongoing medical research is making, and will continue to make, a very real difference in countless people's lives.
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 their lives from that point forward. Medical science does not yet know how to prevent or cure it, but advances are being made all the time.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a STRATEGIC RESEARCH PLAN to fully understand and eventually eliminate T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Many companies make matching gifts when their employees contribute to a worthy cause. If you donate online, there is a field in the form that will search by company name, so please take a moment to complete that search. If the search doesn't find your company, you can still download a form at that point that you can turn in at work, enabling your company to match your donation. At least one donor has done that, and DOUBLED his contribution!
Thank you for your support! And click on image #2 to watch my brief video!
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Christi and Brian Ritner
Dr. Rick Murphree
Jennifer and Kevin Bauer
Mrs. Roberta Shulman
Ms. Kim Danebrock
Ms. Kristi White
Ms. Syvetril Perryman
The C Family
The Jacobs Family