Welcome to my personal JDRF Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes fundraising page! This year, I'll be taking part in the 30th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes, as part of Team Danielle. We'll be walking and running along with 500,000 other JDRF walkers and runners across the country, as we try to reach our nationwide goal of raising $94 million to fund research to find a cure for Type 1, or Juvenile, diabetes (T1D).
T1D, unfortunately, has been a part of my family and my life since July 2000, when my daughter, Danielle, was diagnosed with the disease. We formed Team Danielle and participated in our first Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes event in 2001, so this will be Team Danielle's 13th Beat the Bridge. I am proud and pleased to say that in its first 12 years, Team Danielle raised over $278,000 to help find a cure for T1D.
T1D is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is 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. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures go directly to T1D research.
Please contribute to my Beat the Bridge fundraising efforts. Better yet, register as part of Team Danielle, and join us for the fun on May 19. Please help me make a difference for millions of people living with T1D. Your generosity makes a difference.
Thank you for your support!
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