Bestselling Author Brenda Novak Raises $370,000 For a Type 1 Diabetes Cure

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Novak worked with the Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance to legally stipulate that donor dollars go exclusively towards cure research.

"Brenda’s story is not only inspiring, it illustrates the impact of the empowered donor"

Today, New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak donated proceeds from her tenth annual diabetes research fundraiser to support practical cure research being conducted at the Diabetes Research Institute.

Last year, the Brenda Novak for the Cure of Diabetes online auction raised nearly $360,000 for a practical cure for type 1 diabetes. On the auction’s tenth anniversary, the auction and sale from a special edition box set raised $370,000, bringing the cumulative total raised for a type 1 cure to over $2.4 million. Novak’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, and she has since made it her mission to raise funds for a cure for diabetes within Thad’s lifetime.

2014 marks the second year that Novak has worked with the Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance and legally stipulated that all funds be used for research into a near-term, practical cure. A practical cure would eliminate carbohydrate counting, daily blood sugar testing, the worry of going low overnight and other burdens of diabetic life. The JDCA maintains that, with proper allocation and prioritization of funds, a practical cure can be achieved before 2025.

“In working with the JDCA, my team has learned both the power of stipulation and the possibilities when nonprofits and donors work toward the same goal,” said Brenda Novak. “With the JDCA’s guidance, I’ve developed meaningful relationships at the Diabetes Research Institute and, most importantly, have given my son and others the best chance of living life free of diabetes complications.”

As an independent nonprofit, the JDCA advises donors on how to support a near-term cure and informs donors of cure progress. The JDCA helped Novak construct a letter that legally binds the DRI to use the funds for practical cure projects.

“Brenda’s story is not only inspiring, it illustrates the impact of the empowered donor,” said Phil Shaw, JDCA general manager. “Not only has she taken her career and her son’s well-being into her own hands, but she’s also held the nonprofits accountable to delivering a practical cure. Donors who are giving at this level owe it to themselves and their loved ones to stipulate and ensure it’s for a cure.”

About Brenda Novak

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak 's author career. "I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup to get them to sleep while I was away," Brenda says. "It was then I decided that I needed to do something from home." Now she is a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, and many of her books have been designated an RT Book Review Magazine "Top Pick" and have gone on to place in contests such as the Romance Writers of America Rita Award, the National Readers' Choice, the Bookseller's Best, the Write Touch Readers' Award, and the Book Buyer's Best. Brenda has given writing workshops at various RWA events, RT Book Review Magazine conventions, California Fiction Writer meetings, women's groups and library events. For more about Brenda, visit, where you can find excerpts of her work, prize drawings, book trailers, freebies and information about her annual on-line auction for diabetes research which she holds every May in honor of her son and the many others who face this terrible disease.

About the JDCA

The JDCA is an independent analyst of the type 1 diabetes charitable universe and brings a business-like perspective to help donors focus research toward a practical cure. The mission of the JDCA is to achieve a type 1 practical cure before 2025 by steering donor contributions to the most effective charities.

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