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About JDRF & Type 1 Diabetes

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

JDRF's mission is to find a cure diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF is the world's largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research and is responsible for more than $1.4 billion in direct funding since it was founded. JDRF funds research with the greatest impact throughout the world, leading to results as soon as possible.

JDRF was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with type 1 diabetes. As a result, JDRF volunteers have a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, which translates into an unrelenting commitment to finding a cure. These volunteers are the driving force behind more than 100 locations worldwide that raise money and advocate for government spending for type 1 diabetes research.

More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. Because of its unwavering focus on its mission to find a cure, JDRF annually receives top rankings from independent sources that rate charitable giving.


Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. It strikes children and adults suddenly, makes them insulin-dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications.

People with type 1 diabetes must take at least two insulin shots each day or use an insulin pump, and test their blood sugar by pricking their finger six or more times per day. The disease is difficult to manage and requires constant attention and a rigorous regimen including careful attention to meal planning and exercise.

While insulin keeps people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is not a cure. Nor does it prevent its devastating effects: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart attack, and stroke.

As many as three million Americans have type 1 diabetes. Each year, over 15,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes; that's 40 children every day.


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