Executive Director of the JDRF Desert Southwest Chapter, Paula Bommarito said, “We are thrilled at the opportunity to join these officers and the Glendale Police Department in advocating for those affected by T1D, their families and the community.”
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) March 18, 2016
The JDRF Desert Southwest Chapter has announced a partnership with the Glendale Police Department to raise type 1 diabetes (T1D) awareness and provide outreach support to the Phoenix-area T1D community. The partnership was preceded by the department’s statement that it would be hiring 20 new officers and that those with diabetes were welcome to apply. The department currently employs 3 officers with T1D who have a combined service of more than 20 years with no issues related to their health or job performance.
The announcement prompted JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research, to contact the department to explore opportunities in which the two entities could join efforts to benefit the T1D community. “The Glendale Police Department’s policy of inclusion deserves the highest recognition, and the success of its officers clearly demonstrates that T1D is not a barrier,” said Paula Bommarito, Executive Director of the JDRF Desert Southwest Chapter. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to join these officers and the Glendale Police Department in advocating for those affected by T1D, their families and the community.”
“The Glendale Police Department proudly supports our police officers with type 1 diabetes,” said Officer Tracey Breeden, Glendale Police Department spokesperson. “Their stories inspire us and their exemplary courage and service to our community is not impeded by T1D. We want to welcome and encourage those dreamers affected by T1D. Don’t give up on your dreams; you too can become a police officer. It is an honor for the Glendale Police Department to partner with JDRF in the fight to raise awareness and end type 1 diabetes.”
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 children and adults and has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is currently nothing you can do to prevent it. People with T1D must regularly monitor their blood sugar level, inject or continually infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance their insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. With the generous help of our supporters and community, JDRF remains focused on delivering life changing breakthroughs to cure, treat and prevent T1D. For more information, please visit the JDRF website at http://www.jdrf.org.