Every day new families are given the news that a child has been diagnosed with Type One Diabetes (T1D); this diagnosis is the catalyst for life-altering changes both physically and mentally for everyone involved. T1D is an autoimmune disease that can be diagnosed at any age. Its causes are not fully known, there is nothing you can do to prevent it and, presently, there is no cure.
My daughter Leah was only 5 years old when she was diagnosed with Type 1. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my family’s lives would never be the same. Monitoring my daughter’s blood sugar levels is a full-time job and my husband and I have seen firsthand the constant challenges of trying to maintain safe blood sugar levels. Diabetes remains a life-threatening disease with serious complications. My family and I, in partnership with JDRF, have become dedicated to raising awareness about T1D and the tremendous need to support the research to find a cure. I encourage you to attend, sponsor or donate an item to support our dream for a cure.
Jessica Shwedel, JDRF Gala Chair
JDRF is the leading international nonprofit fighting to cure type 1 diabetes (T1D) while also helping those with T1D live healthy lives today. Supported by hundreds of thousands of donors, JDRF raises, invests and drives more funds to T1D research than any organization in the world. As a result, JDRF has played a key role in major T1D advances – drug, device, cell research – that have improved lives and brought us closer to our ultimate goal of a cure. JDRF is mission-driven and serves as an aggressive advocate and educational support for the T1D community. JDRF has staff and volunteers across the United States, has five international affiliates, funds research in more than 20 countries and supports insulin-aid efforts in the U.S. and around the world. Visit jdrf.org to learn more.
JDRF Southern Florida Chapter
3369 Pine Ridge Rd Ste. 202
Naples, FL 34109