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Announcing the new JDRF - Beyond Type 1 Alliance

Announcing the new JDRF - Beyond Type 1 Alliance

On September 24, 2019 we announced an exciting new alliance with Beyond Type 1, aimed at getting more information, more resources and more support to our type 1 diabetes (T1D) community. 


Not my identity

Not my identity

Written by: Rylee Hauger, lives with type 1 diabetes I wake up to my alarm going off. I roll over and check my phone, “12:00 am blood sugar test,” I sigh and grab my test kit. Just another day in the life.  After pricking my finger, I watch the blood fill the test strip, awaiting...


The Garfinkle Family Leadership Gift

The Garfinkle Family Leadership Gift

In 1971 and 1973, Krayna Golfman and Mitch Garfinkle’s lives changed dramatically when their sons, David and Jimmy, were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Along with other families living with the disease, they embarked on a lifelong mission to find a cure. Thus began the journey that led ...


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and JDRF join forces to accelerate breakthroughs in stem cell-based research

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and JDRF join forces to accelerate breakthroughs in stem cell-based research

Stem cell-based research has the potential to play a key role in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). JDRF Canada is delighted to partner with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes to announce a new funding opportunity that will see...


Working together to cure type 1

Working together to cure type 1

The first few months after Mirella Gallo’s 11-year-old daughter, Isabella, received a type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis were very hard for her. “We were in shock and had no idea what it meant for her or our family”. With the support of Isabella’s nurses and doctors, the family ...


Ask a Diabetes Nurse: Hannah Breadon

Ask a Diabetes Nurse: Hannah Breadon

Throughout my career as a Diabetes Nurse Educator I have been asked all kinds of questions from people living with type 1 diabetes and their families. I’ve taken this opportunity to answer the most common questions about type 1 diabetes management. Here are just a few of the ones I hear most f...


The necessary evolution of how we fund a cure

The necessary evolution of how we fund a cure

“Our Ride first started with 8 stationary bikes and 20 people.” Peter Oliver, one of the founders of the Oliver and Bonacini Restaurant Family and a passionate leader in the type 1 diabetes community, was there at the beginning.


How one tech professional is spending his 50th dia-versary riding 200 miles to raise funds for T1D research

How one tech professional is spending his 50th dia-versary riding 200 miles to raise funds for T1D research

This year marks Miguel Alvarez’s 50th year living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). To recognize his monumental dia-versary, his sights are set on conquering two century-ride (100 mile) cycling challenges hosted by JDRF. The Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF iRides are destination rides in c...


The sky is the limit for MMA star and diabetes researcher living with T1D

The sky is the limit for MMA star and diabetes researcher living with T1D

Each time Dessi Zaharieva shares her story about life with type 1 diabetes (T1D) she not only leaves her audience inspired, but in awe. That is because the engaging 30-year-old with an indomitable spirit never let her condition impede her dreams of becoming a consummate academic in the field of diab...


Committee recommends Disability Tax Credit for all with type 1 diabetes

Committee recommends Disability Tax Credit for all with type 1 diabetes

Last month, Canada’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) released their first annual report which amongst other recommendations, stated that all Canadians receiving life-sustaining therapy (eg. insulin) should qualify for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). When Kelsey Levandoski lea...


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