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Review for Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Inc., Hollywood, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the research come front and center with results that are leading the process toward find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

absolutely nothing...this organization has one purpose and one purpose only - to find a permanent cure for Type 1 insulin dependent juvenile diabetes. This is my ultimate goal in life and promise to my daughter.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They absolutely believe in their ability to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. They are not concerned with various treatments for the disease (such as the artificial pancreas, the continuous glucose monitor, etc)...they are dedicated to finding that cure.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

EXCEPTIONAL and totally dedicated to the organization...they believe and have the faith that the researchers of this organization will be the ones to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be a HUGE step closer in the research required to get a cure to the market.

Ways to make it better...

I had more money (financial resources) to give to the organization to continue their mission to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing the stream of income in these economic times to continue their research and efforts to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes

One thing I'd also say is that...

I know that a cure for Type 1 diabetes will be found in MY lifetime rather than the lifetime of my daughter!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  General Member of the Public & I was given Hope.