JDRF honours the passing of long-time volunteer Bob Hindle
JDRF Canada is saddened by the passing of a tremendous volunteer leader, Bob Hindle.
Bob was a volunteer for over 25 years and was valued as the president of the Montreal Chapter, a national board member, and ultimately the chairman from 2000 to 2006. He also sat on the JDRF International Board, helping JDRF become a global organization. He fought tirelessly to improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes around the world.
Diagnosed at age 11, Bob was acknowledged as the first person with type 1 diabetes to run a marathon in Canada. Following this accomplishment, he was introduced to JDRF through the late Mitch Garfinkle and Krayna Golfman, JDRF Canada’s founding family.
In 1999, Bob made history as the first person in Canada to successfully receive a double transplant of a kidney and a pancreas simultaneously. Since then, he had been diabetes-free, yet he remained passionate about JDRF’s mission to cure, treat and prevent T1D.
Bob firmly believed in the need for more research, to improve the quality of life for people living with T1D. In 2009, Bob met with government officials to share his opinions, leading to a $33.9-milllion agreement with the Government of Canada to establish the JDRF Canadian Clinical Trial Network (CCTN). The CCTN is an extensive clinical research network dedicated to developing and conducting leading-edge clinical trials in T1D and its complications.
We will be forever thankful for his leadership in helping to establish the CCTN. This Network is a remarkable achievement and legacy that continues to make a real impact today.
We thank Bob and are humbled by his dedication. During this time, our thoughts are with his family.