Rachel’s Cure by Design Imagines a Life Without Diabetes

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The new "Imagine" bracelet is the latest design to benefit diabetes research.

Rachel's Cure by Design "Imagine" bracelet

Rachel's "Imagine" bracelet helps support diabetes research via donations to JDRF

“JDRF is the leading global organization funding T1D research and will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. We are inspired by those who share our hope and passion to find a cure.”

Rachel’s Cure by Design (RCBD), a social entrepreneurship that designs high-quality handmade jewelry and donates a portion of each sale to JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), announces the addition of the "Imagine" bracelet to its collection, which has been designed expressly with JDRF in mind.

Inspired by JDRF’s signature colors, the indigo and light blue beaded silver bracelet encourages people to Imagine, a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people a day – are diagnosed with T1D. JDRF focuses its effort on research and improving the lives of those with T1D.

While a portion of sales from all RCBD jewelry goes to diabetes research, this special bracelet represents the core of RCBD’s mission to support JDRF. As with all RCBD bracelets, Imagine features “hope” and “made with love” charms, to symbolize hope for a diabetes cure and represent the love and care that goes into making each bracelet a one-of-a-kind creation.

The Imagine bracelet also carries an aspirational message from Rachel Tobin, founder of RCBD: All those who are passionate and hopeful for a diabetes cure can work together toward this common goal.

“There are so many great advocates in the diabetes community that are exploring new treatment options and research – as well as those who are finding ways to raise funds,” stated Tobin. “JDRF advances research and promotes education and awareness -- not only to imagine a cure – but also to deploy resources to get us closer to it.”

“We’re grateful to the people and organizations, such as RCBD, that help support JDRF and our mission,” said Carol Yannuzzi, Executive Director, Western PA Chapter, JDRF. “JDRF is the leading global organization funding T1D research and will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. We are inspired by those who share our hope and passion to find a cure.”

Leigh Hopkins, VP, Advocacy, W. PA Chapter, JDRF, explains why RCBD jewelry is important to her: “’Hope’ is why I love to wear my bracelets from Rachel’s Cure by Design. Wearing these beautiful bracelets gives me hope that one day my son and millions of others will be cured from type 1 diabetes. I have a collection of RCBD jewelry and have purchased them for my family and friends because I love to give a gift that not only supports JDRF, but also spreads an important message. Everyone who has received one of Rachel’s bracelets cherishes it because they know the importance of hope, and they know the need to support JDRF.”

RCBD jewelry is available for purchase online, in select boutiques and via fundraising partnerships with other organizations that, along with JDRF, benefit from sales of items created expressly for their causes. Each piece is personally designed and named by Rachel.

Founder Strings Together Years of Hope
When she was just 12, Rachel Tobin, a creative and inspired young Pittsburgh woman diagnosed with T1D (type 1 diabetes), began designing and selling jewelry to donate a portion of the proceeds to JDRF. Rachel, who is now 20, has designed more than 150 unique styles of high-quality, glass, gem and beaded silver items, and to date has donated $55,000 for the JDRF Western Pennsylvania Chapter. Her immediate goal is to reach $100k to help fund a cure for T1D.

In addition to supporting JDRF through the sale of every piece of jewelry, RCBD also partners with additional organizations to create customized designs that benefit both JDRF and the groups’ causes. Current partners include organizations such as: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation (CHPF); POWER (Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery); Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Beaver County; Big Brothers and Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh; Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN), Community Day School, Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children(PAEYC), The Animal Rescue League, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) and Project for Freedom (PFF).

About RCBD
Rachel’s Cure by Design (RCBD) is a Pittsburgh-based social entrepreneurship that offers more than 150 unique styles of high quality, glass, gem and beaded silver bracelets and other jewelry. RCBD is passionate about creating and selling beautiful, handmade jewelry that delivers a message of hope and helps support the JDRF - (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). RCBD jewelry is available for purchase online, in select boutiques and via fundraising partnerships with other organizations that, along with JDRF, also receive donations from sales of items created expressly for their causes.

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