Giving Back



24 years.  8760 days.  210,240 hours. 12,614,400 minutes. 756,864,000 seconds. That’s how long I have lived with a disease that has, not for even one of those hundreds of millions of seconds, given me a break.  I am constantly reminded that I have this relentless disease. And, until there is a cure, that won’t change. 

That is why I volunteer and serve on the Board of Directors of JDRF.  JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic plan to bring those living with T1D a continuous flow of life-changing therapies and ultimately, a cure for the disease.

JDRF-funded research has led to many landmark advances in T1D science. JDRF is now in the exciting position of taking that research knowledge and translating it into real therapies that will make life-changing differences for those facing the daily challenges of T1D. Currently, JDRF is funding more than 50 human clinical trials, several of which are in the advanced stages of clinical testing needed before FDA approvals can be sought. In fact, JDRF was a leading funder of the inhalable insulin, Afrezza, which has made a big difference in my diabetes care and in my daily life.

JDRF’s influence and leadership extends beyond funding research. We strategically partner with industry, governments, foundations, academia, healthcare insurers, and clinicians to ensure that JDRF and its partners are aligned and working toward a common goal of a world without T1D.

JDRF’s advocacy efforts help support a variety of issues that are critical to JDRF achieving its research objectives. Our focus includes increased government funding for T1D research and a regulatory environment that allows people with T1D to benefit from potential new therapies and devices as quickly and safely as possible. Finally, JDRF’s outreach efforts provide practical support and resources for people with T1D and their families every step of the way as they live with T1D.

JDRF has always been dedicated to maintaining the highest levels of efficiency to ensure that our time, resources, and dollars can achieve the greatest possible impact on the lives of people with T1D. We have a solid track record of funding research efficiently and effectively. Approximately 80 percent of what JDRF spends goes directly to research and research-related education—among the highest percentages for charities nationwide.  So, you can feel good in your donation, knowing that it is being put to the best use possible.  I promise you, that when there is a cure, I will be having the biggest party at my house and you will be on the top of the guest list. 

Thank you for your time and consideration in supporting this incredibly worthwhile cause that is very close to my heart.  And if you would like, join my team, and help fundraise too!  Our goal this year is 1.4 million dollars!

Please support diabetes awareness and diabetes research. The 2017 Atlanta One Walk is October 21st.  I am Walking for a Cure!



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