(No, I don't know those people in the photo. But don't they look enthusiastic?)
If you want to read the full text of my annual fundraising letter, please follow the links to my team page (http://www2jdrf.org/goto/harmelinfamilyteam). But what I want you most to know, this year, is that I have had diabetes for 20 years, and I'm raising money now so I don't still have to be doing this in another 20 years.
I work with JDRF, in particular, because of all that they have done and continue to do to improve the lives of people with Type I diabetes. From their webpage:
JDRF’s research goal is to discover, develop, and deliver advances that progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. As the global leader in the fight against T1D, JDRF’s research programs are comprehensive and reflect our strategic plan to bring about a continuous flow of life-changing therapies and, ultimately, a cure for T1D. JDRF is driving research across the entire scientific spectrum, from discovery in the laboratory to delivery of new technologies and treatments to people with T1D.
JDRF Research Funding Overview
• JDRF provided more than $110 million for T1D research in 2012, and currently has research projects in 17 countries, totaling $568 million. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has funded more than $1.7 billion in diabetes research and has dramatically advanced the T1D scientific frontier and the management of this disease.
• More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. JDRF maintains one of the best records among nonprofits of using supporters’ contributions effectively.
• In 2012, JDRF supported more than 50 clinical studies, evaluating new therapies and treatments for T1D and seeking to better understand the disease’s cause and progression. This growing emphasis on clinical trials testifies to JDRF’s commitment to moving beyond scientific discovery to delivering solutions to better treat and cure T1D.
JDRF’s Research Goals
JDRF is committed to progressively removing the impact of T1D from people’s lives. JDRF is focused on delivering a sustained stream of new, life-changing therapies from the near term to the long term, with the ultimate goal of a world without T1D.