JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested $2 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers in more than 100 locations throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D.
I am proud to be part of the ONE Group and help raise money for JDRF to cure, treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D). We are a group of young professionals supporting JDRF’s mission to help the 3 million Americans with T1D fight this disease and get closer to finding a cure.
The most difficult part of having T1D is learning how to deal with the intense day to day regimen diabetes requires. On average, I make a decision related to my diabetes care every hour and a half. For example, I check my blood sugar by pricking my finger eight to ten times a day and take insulin to cover every bite of food I eat. My insulin is delivered through an insulin pump, which is connected to my body 24/7 by an implanted tube that must be changed every three days. If I take a walk, exercise, or even eat at a different time, I need to adjust my insulin. If my blood sugar is high or low, I must decide how to treat it. Both low and high blood sugar can be life threatening. Also, diabetes puts me at high risk for kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, amputation, and pregnancy complications, no matter how many hours I spend on the treadmill or how many salads I eat.
That’s the bad news. As most of you know, diabetes has not stopped me. I am proud to be a graduate of Davidson College and a first year medical student at the Emory University School of Medicine. I am an avid music lover and enjoy traveling to all parts of the globe.
Please join me and help support JDRF, the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. You can donate today, or if you are in Atlanta on November 9, you could join me at The ONE Party at American Spirit Works. Tickets are $75 per person and there will be cocktails, delicious food, music and dancing. The proceeds will go directly to JDRF’s research efforts.
If you can't make it to the party, you can donate online here or write a check. Please make checks payable to JDRF and include my name in the memo portion. You can mail checks to:
3525 Piedmont Road NE, Bldg 6, Ste 300
Atlanta, GA 30305
Thank you for your support!