Saturday, my family participated in a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk for a Cure fundraiser. Walks take place all over the country during the fall months to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and to raise money for JDRF, the only American non-profit dedicated solely to Type 1 research. Some of the projects JDRF helps fund include Boston U’s Bionic Pancreas (in the last stage of clinical trials), UVA’s artificial pancreas (in the first stage of outpatient trials), and JHU’s stem cell replacement therapy. Without JDRF funding, these projects would have fizzled out before becoming a reality.
Our minute team of three (my son, my husband and myself) set a goal back in Auguest to raise $500 for the walk, but we far surpassed that, ultimately raising a little over $1600 by walk-time. We are so thankful to our friends and family members who supported us. And the best part of the day? My son was asked to cut the ribbon to begin the walk!