Thursday, January 28, 2010


Good News Keeps Rolling In!

It’s been an amazing start to the New Year for JDRF Advocacy! The good news keeps rolling in and it all started with you helping us get to 200 meetings with Members of Congress. By the way, we’re at 221 meetings as of today.
If you’ve been tracking JDRF Advocacy’s for the past week or so, you would have noticed that JDRF is working with Animas to bring the first generation of the artificial pancreas to the market in the next three years. Yesterday, we announced that we’re also collaborating with BD’s (Becton, Dickinson and Company) research and development folks to improve the management of type 1 diabetes by developing novel insulin delivery products to enhance the use of insulin pumps. This means improving convenience as well as minimizing pain!

The research that has allowed us to continue our journey towards a cure is in part due to fundraising of JDRF volunteers and in part due to personal stories shared by volunteers with their legislators. It is through your personal stories that Members of Congress come to understand the toll of diabetes on our loved ones and our families. Thus, making programs like the Promise to Remember Campaign a vital part of having our stories heard and ensuring that the Federal government continues to provide research funds for type 1 diabetes. If it wasn’t for the persistent efforts of volunteers and advocates, JDRF and the Federal government would have limited resources to continue to look for a cure.

Please help make sure that the private-public partnership of JDRF and the government continues to yield successes for our loved ones, join the Promise Campaign to attend a meeting or lead one of your own. Send an email to if you’re interested in leading a Promise meeting.