Type 1 Diabetes Community Pursues Dramatic Increase in Diabetes Cure Research

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Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance leads petition to ADA and JDRF asking them to dedicate a larger portion of donations to cure research

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When you realize that cure research accounts for just 7% of all donations to JDRF and the ADA combined, it suggests that cure research is not actually a top priority, even though it is at the heart of each organization’s mission.

On September 8, 2015, the Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance announced the launch of a petition calling on JDRF and the ADA, the two largest diabetes charities, to substantially increase funding for type 1 diabetes cure research.    

In 2014, JDRF and the ADA raised over $400 million in the United States, primarily through direct donations and fundraising events such as JDRF’s One Walk and the ADA’s Step Out to Stop Diabetes. However, only 7% of the money raised is being spent on cure research.

“People with type 1 diabetes and their families walk, bike, donate, and volunteer primarily to support cure research. This petition hopes to restore a genuine focus on cure research and create some self-reflection at these organizations," said JDCA General Manager Phil Shaw.

The goal of the petition is to increase cure research funding from 7% of all donations to 30%, which should drive many more high quality research projects into human trials, and one step closer to market.

About the JDCA
The JDCA is a privately funded T1D-focused nonprofit that aims to empower donors and prompt transparency in the major diabetes charities. The JDCA's mission is to accurately represent donors who want a Practical Cure.    

Sign the Petition: http://petitionforacure.thejdca.org/
If you’d like more information about the petition or to schedule an interview with the JDCA General Manager Phil Shaw, please call 212-308-7433 or email js(at)thejdca(dot)org.
Contact: Joanna Smykowski
Telephone: 212-308-7433
Email: js(at)thejdca(dot)org

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