It’s for the 30,000 US children and adults who will be diagnosed this year with Type One Diabetes (T1D) and those who live with that disease everyday around the world. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is working to “remove the impact of T1D” through research. When asked why Type One only, Nancy Carr, Senior Development Coordinator for JDRF Indiana State Chapter, says “we can cure Type Two if Type One is cured”. It sounds simple. It’s not.
The work is extensive, expensive and promising. “JDRF is sponsoring over $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries.” A US FDA trail with an artificial pancreas system is currently being conducted with humans. A soon to be announced Encapsulated Cell Therapy trail is on the horizon. Support is needed for these and other projects, including a number in Indiana. JDRF is listed as a Gold-level GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparency.
Here in Fort Wayne, the Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held in Franke Park on May 3. There are a few ways to participate. As a walker you can create a team and raise funds through sponsors. If you can’t make the May 3 event, you can sign up online as a Virtual Walker, or donate directly online. Just click here for the Fort Wayne walk page. WANE-TV / NewsChannel 15 First News Weekend anchor, Gina Glaros will emcee the program.
To learn more about the JDRF and the research, can visit the national website.