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Featured Charity: Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
Don’t forget – November is Diabetes Awareness Month!
What our organization does:
The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) exists for one reason – to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now. Our mission is a testament to the belief that tomorrow is not soon enough to cure those living with diabetes.
The DRIF’s history of commitment dates back to 1971 when it was founded by a small group of parents of children with diabetes who were dedicated to finding a cure.
Today, the Diabetes Research Institute leads the world in cure-focused research. As the largest and most comprehensive research center dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is aggressively working to shrink the timeline toward the discovery of a biological cure for this disease.
For the millions of people affected by diabetes, the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is the best hope for a cure.
The impact of your donation:
Diabetes is a devastating disease that inflicts immeasurable pain and suffering on people of all ages. It robs children of the freedom and innocence of childhood. It takes lives prematurely. Patients worry about the future as they try to manage this relentless disease every minute of every day. Families face many ongoing challenges in their attempts to cope with the consequences of diabetes.
As we continue to hear in the media, diabetes is being diagnosed at an epidemic rate in this country and around the world. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, there are nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes and another 7 million who have diabetes and don’t know it. We need to find a cure, and we need to find it now.
There is only one national organization solely devoted to finding a cure for diabetes: the Diabetes Research Institute. Already, through the tireless commitment and philanthropic support of the DRI Foundation, the Institute has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research. It has pioneered new therapies to restore insulin production and reversed diabetes in patients involved in ongoing clinical trials.
Meet the Tachers and learn how DRI gave their family hope:
Why we are successful:
With an aggressive approach to discovering a biological cure for this disease, along with its unique spirit of collaboration and notable accomplishments, the DRI is leading the international effort to eradicate diabetes by:
- pioneering new therapies to restore natural insulin production;
- bridging cell-based therapies with emerging technologies;
- collaborating with leading researchers around the world;
- training investigators in the newest research techniques;
- testing new technologies for corporations and other academic institutions;
- bringing promising discoveries from the lab to the patient as quickly as possible;improving lives with advanced treatment strategies.
DRI scientists have been driven by a sense of urgency, pursuing only those research findings that show true potential to benefit those now living with diabetes.
What we wish more people knew:
The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is reaching out to people right in your community through a volunteer group called the PEP Squad, which originally stood for Parents Empowering Parents but has grown to include Peers Empowering Peers. The PEP Squad members serve as mentors to other families who are newly diagnosed with diabetes or who need emotional support in dealing with the disease during different life stages.
Partners teaming up with DRIF:
Many partners have teamed up with the DRIF to help bring us closer to a cure.
In an unprecedented partnership that spans more than two decades and continues today, the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) joined with the DRIF’s leadership to help fulfill its mission to cure diabetes. The BCTD committed to funding and building the Diabetes Research Institute’s facility on the campus of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The unions have raised tens of millions of dollars for the DRI and today, thousands of union members undertake fundraising projects nationwide to provide ongoing support.
The DRIF has also partnered with Walgreens of South Florida. The Walk with Walgreens Family Fun Day and Health Fair will take place at Sun Life Stadium in South Florida on April 20. Fun for the whole family…join us as we get fit; get walking; and get one step closer to a cure!
How you can help:
Volunteers and supporters are the heart and soul of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. They help us raise the funds that fuel the DRI scientists’ groundbreaking research. It’s easy to get involved. Volunteers help us plan our fundraising events, which are listed in the calendar section of our Web site.
You can also Be the Hero by becoming a Diabetes Diplomat – people of all ages from all over the world who serve as advocates, educators and event fundraisers in their schools and neighborhoods. Our staff is happy to help you get started. We have plenty of proven ideas. To speak with someone about getting involved, call us at (800) 321-3437 or send us an email.
Learn more about the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation?
Web site: DiabetesResearch.org
Phone: (800) 321-3437
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, National Office
200 South Park Road
Hollywood, FL 33021
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