Hello Family, Friends and Co-Workers!
I’m asking for your support of a very special goal—to improve the lives of every person affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). This year, on Saturday, September 14, 2013 friends, colleagues and I will be taking part in the JDRF Kohl’s Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with a half-million others nationwide.
Don't know much about type 1 diabetes? Watch the video to the right created by one of the many wonderful families involved with our chapter!
I have been involved with JDRF for many years, especially since a family friend of ours had a daughter diagnosed with T1D at the extremely early age of 7 months. And, as some of you know, I am also a full-time employee for JDRF as the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter’s Development Coordinator.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research and is also the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion to diabetes research.
Over the past 5 years of my involvement with JDRF, I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people that live with T1D every day. Whether they are children, adolescents or adults with this disease, living with T1D is a constant challenge. People with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses (either by injections multiple times a day or continuous infusion through a pump) with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night. They must also test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. Despite this constant attention, people with T1D still run the risk of dangerous high or low blood sugar levels, both of which can be life-threatening. People with T1D overcome these challenges on a daily basis.
Through a new group I have helped develop, the Young Leadership Committee (YLC), we have joined forces with Associated Bank's corporate team this year to build a bigger, stronger team and ultimately raise more funds for JDRF. We are actively recruiting anyone who would like to join us on our team and raise money in support of this cause.
Any amount, great or small, helps JDRF get closer to its goal to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. I greatly appreciate your consideration and support of this most worthy cause. I also encourage you to join our team and Walk with us on September 14th!
Please know that more than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education.
If you have any questions or need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Again, thank you for your generous continued support.
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Candice, Madison and Josh