JDRF Thanks Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon for Support

By: Alex Hardesty, JDRF Development Coordinator

JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) have been partners for the last 3 years and we are very excited to continue this partnership in 2016.  The impact that TRM has made on JDRF in 3 short years is incredible.

“The Tobacco Road Marathon allows us (JDRF) to move closer to our vision – a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).  It also allows us to have the greatest impact on the greatest number of people in the shortest amount of time through generous annual dollars that fund key research. The research JDRF is funding helps children and adults living with T1D  maintain healthy blood sugar levels and keep life threatening complications away (heart, kidney, liver, eye disease).  Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease, with no cure currently, and it takes partners such as Tobacco Road Marathon to keep our dream of a world without T1D alive”, said Chris LaTurno, Executive Director for the Triangle/Eastern NC JDRF Chapter.

Over the years, the marathon has also allowed those with type 1 to realize a dream – to have the challenge of running a half or full marathon become a reality and to prove to themselves that they can achieve anything they put their minds to, despite the disease.

One way Tobacco Road Marathon makes an impact is their generosity in allowing JDRF to fundraise by giving us 100 full marathon registration slots at no cost. Since 2014, JDRF has raised $52,900 from these free marathon slots. Each JDRF runner gets a slot in the full marathon for free, but commits to raising at least $500 for JDRF before the race. This alone makes a significant impact in the T1D community, but TRM continues to do more.

JDRF also receives additional brand recognition; on race day there are 4,000 runners who are all exposed to JDRF through signs, t-shirts, volunteers t-shirts and well-wishes signs to runner. We get exposed to 4,000 people each and every year! In addition, each time someone goes to the TRM website and sees the ‘Beneficiaries and Charities’ section, we are listed, along with our logo. This allows people to become more educated on what Type 1 diabetes is and what JDRF is doing to improve lives of those living with the disease.

These dollars are not only raised in the Triangle, but JDRF is also spending research dollars in NC, specifically in the Triangle and surrounding area.  JDRF was founded in the early 1970’s and the Triangle Eastern NC chapter was founded in 1996.  Since 1996, through Triangle events, our chapter has raised over $22 million dollars towards research that we hope will one day lead us to a cure for type 1 diabetes.  In that same time frame (from 1996 until today), JDRF has spent over $19 million in research at NC State, UNC, Duke, and Wake Forest University.  We are not just raising dollars here, we are investing them here.

The total dollars raised in the Triangle includes the generosity of the TRM Leadership. We could not be more thankful for not only providing us with a check, but for that check to make a difference in research that will allow us to improve the quality of life for those already courageously living with type 1.  We must make their lives last longer, with fewer complications and easier blood sugar management.

To show our gratitude, JDRF has traditionally provided 60 volunteers per year and they typically serve 3 hour shifts. By JDRF providing these volunteers TRM has saved $3,915 over the past three years (if they had to pay minimum wage for the service are volunteers provide).

 TRM is truly making a difference, lives are impacted, and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

JDRF’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T1D strikes both children and adults at any age and suddenly. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. Though T1D’s causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers play a role. There is currently nothing you can do to prevent it, and there is no cure.

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