Community Outreach…Why JDRF?
I asked my co-worker today if he would like to make a donation to JDRF. “JDR what?” he asked. “Oh, sorry,” I quickly responded. “It’s the abbreviation for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation organization, and the Triangle chapter to be exact,” I continued. “Your kid have diabetes or something?” he questioned. “No, but I don’t like seeing any child suffering, and there are many children in our community (the Triangle) that have Type 1 Diabetes (T1D),” I answered. This conversation helped me understand my “Why JDRF” answer, and why I’m asking you to donate to this cause.
Before this conversation, I met Chris LaTurno, the executive director of JDRF Triangle chapter for coffee at Panera Bread in North Hills one morning. I was expecting the usual sales pitch of why his cause needed my money, but I didn’t get the usual fundraising lines. Chris shared with me about his family, his faith, and our mutual friends, yet what truly attracted me to this cause was the children. The children who everyday and forever will have to prick their fingers, check their glucose, and inject themselves with insulin. It’s not just the children. It’s the parents who monitor their child’s food intake and glucose levels, and worry and pray that serious complications never arise.
Needless to say, I couldn’t refuse becoming a site sponsor for the 25th annual JDRF One Walk. While I was initially drawn to worries and pain of T1D families, I was excited to learn of JDRF’s mission of supporting these families through the Bag of Hope, monthly coffee get-togethers, luncheons, the walk, and so much more. T1D Triangle families are not alone. They have an entire network of friends, support groups and community leaders that are walking beside them forever or until T1D is gone!
The One Walk is an incredible fundraiser that raises money for research and support, but it also doubles as a Party for T1D families and their supporters. On Saturday, October 27th at 9 am over 6,000 people will descend upon the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh. Participants will enjoy food, music, bounce houses, face painting and more!
I need your support to help me reach my goal of $3,000. Click the picture below to join my team or donate! I’d love to see you at the walk, but if Raleigh is too far away please consider making a tax-deductible donation.