JDRF Youth Ambassador Carries Torch Before 2012 Olympic Games in London
New York, NY, July 27, 2012 - JDRF is excited to have taken part in one of the most celebrated traditions in sports this morning. 13-year old Cara Dartnell-Steinberg of London carried the Olympic torch only hours before it arrives at tonight's opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Cara was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in 2005 and represented the JDRF UK affiliate as a Youth Ambassador.
"I'm really excited that I get to carry the Olympic torch and raise awareness for JDRF and type 1 diabetes," said Cara. "I have learnt to live with my condition and control it, instead of it controlling me. I'm just one of 29,000 children in the UK living with type 1 and I am very keen for JDRF to find a cure for this condition."
This has been a tremendous year for JDRF UK, who, earlier this year announced Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as honorary President. We are very proud of these honors and the attention that they will undoubtedly bring to our cause of funding research to cure, treat, and prevent T1D.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.
Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education.