Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

by PJ Mullen on July 26, 2010

in July 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

Our next nominee for the July edition of Sweatshirt Blanket’s Spread Your Warmth campaign is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. They are the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes.

The JDRF sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide. Their is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump – each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.4 billion to diabetes research, including $101 million in FY2009. In FY2009, JDRF funded research projects in 22 countries throughout the world, including more than 40 human clinical trials.

More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

Thank you to Jorja White & Cindi Hoppes who both nominated the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for the July edition of the Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about this organization visit their website.

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