I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) on April 22, 2002. Now, nearly 16 years later I have the wonderful opportunity of being the Gala Chair for the 2018 JDRF Lincoln Dream Gala. JDRF has a special place in my heart, as it does in the hearts of so many children, adults and families affected by T1D. I believe that JDRF allows kids, adults and families to find more to diabetes than just a disease. I have come to view diabetes as a way of life full of wonderful friendships, opportunities and perspective.
JDRF works tirelessly seeking a cure for T1D, but also funds towards better management tools. They continue to discover new technology which allows people like me to more easily live in a non-diabetic society.
I highly encourage you to consider donating to our upcoming JDRF Dream Gala: The Roaring 20th Anniversary Event, April 7, 2018.
My family and I have been so inspired by the advances in research and are committed to helping JDRF create a world without T1D. In honor of the 20th Dream Gala, we will match all donations made up to $20,000, bringing us that much closer to a cure! Your support, no matter the amount, can make a huge difference and it is always greatly appreciated.
Be blessed by giving!
- Some 1.25 million Americans are living with T1D, including about 200,000 youth (less than 20 years old) and more than 1 million adults (20 years old and older).1,2,5
- 40,000 people are diagnosed each year in the U.S.1, 2
- 5 million people in the U.S. are expected to have T1D by 2050, including nearly 600,000 youth.2,3
- Between 2001 and 2009, there was a 21 percent increase in the prevalence of T1D in people under age 20.3
- In the U.S., there are $14 billion in T1D-associated healthcare expenditures and lost income annually.
- Less than one-third of people with T1D in the U.S. are consistently achieving target blood-glucose control levels.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. T1D develops when the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. The cause of this attack is still being researched, however scientists believe the cause may have genetic and environmental components.
There is nothing anyone can do to prevent T1D. Presently, there is no known cure.