Maguire Schmid Returns from Children’s Congress

Maguire Schmid,  15, of Lakeland had a once-in-a-lifetime experience last month. In between meeting kids from around the country and celebrity role models like Adam Schefter, Sports Reporter for ESPN; Este Haim, from the band Haim; Austin Basis, Actor; Sean Busby, Professional Snowboarder; Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999, Journalist and Author; Carling Nolan, Pro Golfer; […]

Diabetes Myths – Busted

Diabetes myths sure have been in the news lately. A heated debate, which took place primarily via social media, peaked last week and is still being discussed among our diabetes community and beyond. And for good reason. It’s clear that we have a lot of educating yet to do about diabetes. Diabetes, in its many […]

Create a Legacy and Help Advance Type 1 Diabetes Research

Because of generous sponsors, JDRF will receive $1,000 to support current research for each person who includes JDRF in their estate plans by December 31, 2015. By adding a bequest to JDRF in your will or trust, or naming JDRF as a beneficiary of a retirement account or a life-insurance policy, you are helping ensure […]

Volunteer Opportunities!

Are you looking to get more involved with JDRF’s efforts?  Our Tampa Bay Chapter office is always looking for volunteers to help us with our mission!  Here are a few of the areas we could use some help: General office duties Phone calls Mailings School Programs Committee members Outreach events If you have some time to […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Debbie Newman

A Generational Force In 1983 when Debbie Newman and her husband Dr. Stephen Newman first received then five year old daughter Emile’s type one diabetes (T1D) diagnosis, they were frightened but also familiar with the lifestyle. “T1D care has changed dramatically since I watched my father sterilize his glass syringes by boiling them in a […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Lucas

Like many families when first faced with type 1 diabetes (T1D), Sarah Lucas and her husband Don found themselves in unfamiliar waters, anxious and overwhelmed when their daughter Mary was diagnosed in 1998. “We weren’t certain what to do, but we knew we had to do something that would help us gain a foothold, and […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Barbara Roos

Barbara Roos has earned the unofficial title of “Gala Matriarch” at the JDRF Georgia Chapter, and for good reason. For years she has led the charge, collaborating with staff and community leaders to ensure that the most effective chairs, honorees and committee members are recruited for their Hope for a Cure Gala. Barbara and her […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Andrew Krieman

Andrew Krieman is a devoted supporter to everyone he meets. When his neighbor’s child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in 2007, he jumped right in to help raise awareness and find a cure. It started by helping with the Gala and before he knew it, he was co-chairing the event. Since then, he has connected with and […]

Brother and Sister Climb Mountains for a Cure

Haley and Ethan Maurice have a lofty goal. On July 16 they will embark on a three-week hike from Yosemite to Mount Whitney. The 221-mile trek will take them on the John Muir Trail from Yosemite National Park to the highest peak in the continental United States. The siblings will backpack by themselves with no […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Mark Ballard

The Impact of a Chance Encounter Sometimes the person who sits next to you at a breakfast table can change your life. That’s what happened when Mark Ballard was seated next to a child with type one diabetes (T1D) at a JDRF corporate engagement breakfast over 16 years ago. It was a profound moment for […]