I have been familiar with DRIF for several years now. Not only does my neighbor work for DRIF, but I have been around several family members and friends who have been battling Diabetes 1 or 2 for many years. My grandmother, my father, several aunts and uncles, cousins and, more recently, 6-year old Jaxon, a friend's grandson, have all been diagnosed with either Type and are doing what they need to do in order to survive. DRIF has provided education to the world of those afflicted; they have provided support and treatments; they have showed the best methods to approach this disease; and I know there will me much more to learn along this journey. I congratulate DRIF on the awesome and amazing work it is doing to help people be aware of Diabetes and its treatments. I congratulate DRIF for its dedication, devotion, and unselfish opportunities offered to people suffering from Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2. Well Done!
My son Jax was diagnosed with Type 1 a week after his first birthday :(
After walking out of the hospital 10 days later with all my diabetes training and education materials , I didn't even know where to turn for support. I felt my world was crumbling right before my eyes. I knew I needed to connect with moms of Type 1's and have a support system that could really understand what I was going through.
***Having good friends and family are necessary during this time and so are Type 1 mom's !
(who I now consider good friends as well)
I was fortunate to meet a mom at a PEP meeting I read about and it was then that I learned of the Diabetes Research Institute. I took an amazing tour of the facility to see what the researchers are studying everyday to find a cure for our kids. Just to know in my young son's lifetime (he's now 4), there may be a cure is all I need to keep going everyday. I truly believe the DRI has the best researchers and they are committed to the possible cure becoming a reality. I am hopeful for a breakthrough in the next 10-15 years.
The DRI staff...they have become my friends. I have worked on many projects with them and we also attend the "Walk for a Cure" every year as well. The staff is amazing and if they asked me to do anything to bring awareness to Type 1, I would do it in a heartbeat. They keep me connected to the new research findings, events and give me hope each and everyday by knowing that we are all working on the same common goal-
Lisa- Type 1 mom
I had the privilege of getting a private tour thru their facilities. It is amazing all the great things and hard work that go on in here every single day. I'm a "diabetes mom"....and hope for a cure so much. Not only for my child but for so many other patients as well. Finding a cure to diabetes will also, bring us closer to understanding better so many other chronic diseases, and hopefully, cure those as well. Once and for all!!!!!!!!
Our daughter has been a diabetic since the age of 12. She has always been well controlled and rarely has any problems,yet she wanted to learn more about the disease and new inavations in monitoring and delivering her insulin.
She visited DRI and came home with a wealth of imformation and a new way to deliver her insulin without the daily injections. She tells me the staff has helped her tremdously and even tested her children for any sign that they may develope the disease.
These people are truely decicated to finding a cure and I certainly will support their cause in any way that I am able.
An institute dedicated towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Our children deserve to live their childhood.
I support the DRIF because it is singularly focused. Its goal is to provide funding to cure diabetes now. Not tomorrow. Not ten years from now. Today. And when you talk to researchers at the DRI, each one of them seems to genuinely share that same sense of urgency. The scientists I've been fortunate enough to meet there are an inspried, dedicated group of professionals committed to finding a biological cure.
My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 8 years - at the same time that her Dad was losing his life to melanoma. I remember that my daughter asked me at the time of her diagnosis how long she would have to "keep getting shots". The look on my then 8 year old's face when I told her "for the rest of your life" was heartbreaking to the point tears welled up in my eyes. Then I added, "until the time we find a cure" and I promised her we would find that cure for her during MY lifetime. My husband's death left us without health insurance. I took a part time job with an airline to provide health insurance. (I had three small children to raise - one who had just been diagnosed with a chronic disease). My family also got involved with fundraising and research for the major diabetes organization, JDRF, who is also committed to a cure. But, almost 8 years later and no cure in sight, I am somewhat disappointed in the money being spent on "treatments' for diabetes versus a true "cure". One day, not so long ago, while I was taking calls in our airline's reservations center, a passenger, Lori Weintraub, called to book tickets. When she gave me her email address, the letters in her email server got to me - DRI. For whatever reason, I saw the word "diabetes" and asked her if she was involved in any way with the chronic disease. She was suprised and added that she indeed was affiliated with the Diabetes Research Institute. We talked for a while regarding various research projects on cures and asked me to email her. She emailed me back with so much information regarding the Diabetes Research Institute and what they were doing towards a cure. Treatments are not acceptable to them. Only cures. Lori put the hope back in our lives that because of dedicated researchers at places like the DRI, a cure will be found in MY lifetime! I have begun to be an active member in helping in this process by fundraising and raising awareness of this nonprofit. Thank you Lori and DRI
Having visited DRI in Miami once, I was very impressed with the way the institute is set up with the goal of finding a cure as its core, resulting in the tearing of inter-departmental barriers to facilitate collaboration internally. Also, it was impressive to learn about the efforts to create a DRI Federation to facilitate collaboration with other research institutions all over the world. They are without a doubt the best hope there is for a cure for diabetes!