(JDRF) Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation was founded in 1974 by parents of children with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes. They are the leading charitable funder and advocate of diabetes research in the world.
Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes is an autoimmune disease for which there is no cure. The average life expectancy of someone diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes is shortened by 15 years. Its' devastating effects can include kidney failure, adult blindness, nerve damage, non-traumatic amputations, heart attack, stroke and pregnancy complications. Over 300,000 Canadians live with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes with that number growing between 3 – 5% per year.
JDRF is committed to financially responsible research into finding a cure and developing new and better treatments to improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes. In 2009, JDRF funded over $100 million (US) with more than $42 million into new research projects alone.
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To learn what we are doing to raise awareness and funding for JDRF contact our Branch Manager, Dave Pelletier at firstname.lastname@example.org.