CHARLOTTE, NC — JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, invites the Charlotte community to join in celebrating National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM) this November by raising awareness of the urgent need to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.
On November 14th, the Greater Western Carolinas Chapter will be celebrating World Diabetes Day, by lighting Wells Fargo’s Duke Energy Center diabetes blue to raise awareness and support for the more than 1.25 million Americans and their families and caregivers affected by T1D. The chapter will also be gathering at Rock Hill’s Fountain Park on the 14th at 5:30 p.m. in commemoration of World Diabetes Day
This year, the JDRF Greater Western Carolinas Chapter will be highlighting chapter and community members who live as #T1DChampions all day, and every day on their Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as sharing facts about type 1 diabetes on their Twitter account to raise awareness to the Charlotte community.
“Managing T1D and avoiding its dangers are constant and life-long tasks, so it helps to have a strong, supportive and educated community that understands the needs of T1D families,” said Jamie Hayes, JDRF’s Greater Western Carolina’s Executive Director. “We are thankful for our Charlotte community and for their support and encouragement during NDAM and every month of the year. With your help, we’re determined to create a world without T1D.”
On November 1, JDRF is launching a new campaign entitled “T1D Champions. All Day. Every Day.” to spread awareness about life with T1D while celebrating the inherent strength and resilience of individuals affected by T1D.
In acknowledgment of National Diabetes Awareness Month, we encourage the community to also visit www.jdrf.org/NDAM to share their personal story, use a variety of campaign social media filters, and take actions on behalf of the T1D community to help others understand the cumulative burden of living with this disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults at any age. Its onset is sudden and is not related to diet or lifestyle. In T1D, the body’s immune system destroys cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, meaning the body produces little to no insulin to regulate blood sugar and get energy from food. T1D requires rigorous 24/7 monitoring of blood glucose levels—even overnight—to avoid potentially lethal highs and lows in blood sugar, as well as other devastating complications like kidney, eye and nerve diseases.
To learn more about T1D, please click HERE. If you’d like to get more involved with your local chapter, please click HERE. The chapter’s next upcoming event is the TypeOneNation Summit on January 11th at Crowne Plaza Executive Park. This is a great networking and educational opportunity for those with type 1, caregivers, and friends of those living with type 1 diabetes. Find out more HERE.