Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) exists to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and is the world’s leading charitable provider of funds for type 1 diabetes research.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening condition and people living with type 1 diabetes rely on multiple daily insulin injections or pump infusions just to stay alive, until we find the cure. Type 1 diabetes currently affects about 350,000 people in the UK, over 25,000 of whom are children. Incidences are increasing by 4% each year, particularly in children under five, with a five-fold increase in this age group in the last 20 years.
JDRF raises money to drive world-class research to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes. For 30 years it has been fundamentally involved in the delivery of advances in this field; seeking out, assessing and monitoring the best science to drive the breakthroughs that improve management of type 1 and will ultimately cure the condition.
The charity also recognises the challenges of living with type 1 diabetes and advocates to ensure the condition is fully understood. It also provides information for families affected by the condition, schools and young people encouraging them to become directly involved in supporting research for the cure.
“It’s upsetting, to say the least, when your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, as Yvette was aged just four. All you want is for someone to come up with a cure – and fast. I support JDRF because of its upbeat and positive approach to the condition. They tirelessly work to aid research, raising funds in new and imaginative ways, even challenging the Government to move things forward. Best of all, JDRF is wholly committed to ‘being in it for the kids’. They speak their language, help them understand the issues involved, and make them feel special – which they undoubtedly are.”
Daughter Yvette diagnosed aged four