Mark Nicholson: Volunteer Profile

We recently had the opportunity to speak to Mark Nicholson, a long-time JDRF volunteer and supporter about his experience volunteering and why he continues to support JDRF. We are so thankful for the thousands of volunteers that support JDRF each year. Each and every one of you has a huge impact on research advancements for type 1 diabetes (T1D)!  Mark first got involved with JDRF in 2006, when his son was diagnosed with T1D. Like many others, Mark wanted to get involved and help out in any way that he could.

Here’s a little more from our conversation with Mark!

How many years have you been involved with JDRF?
I have been involved with JDRF since 2006. My first interaction with JDRF was at the Walk and it introduced me to all JDRF had to offer my family.

What was your reason for getting involved with JDRF?
My son was diagnosed with T1D in 2005 when he was 6 years old and like most parents I wanted do something to help find a cure for this life-long disease.

How has this changed over time?
As I have become more aware in my understanding of T1D, I’ve noticed the huge public misconception about the disease. I really notice it when other parents ask questions about what we fed my son and what we did wrong... people think that if you stop drinking sugary pop drinks, T1D will just go away! I now understand the importance of raising awareness for this disease and its impact on fundraising.

What are some reasons other people who are not directly affected by type 1 diabetes should participate in events/donate to JDRF?
T1D is becoming more and more prominent in Canada. It was called juvenile diabetes for many years as it was considered a young person’s disease, but as many of us know, this is not true. My colleague was just diagnosed last year, he is 43 years old. T1D can affect anyone regardless of family history or lifestyle.

Is there anything else that you’d like people to know about supporting JDRF?
The research being funded by JDRF is amazing and I can honestly say that I believe a cure will be found in my son's lifetime. JDRF is a great organization and I have found that they are very efficient in how they run the charity leaving the maximum amount of dollars raised to be used for research.

Thank you Mark for your continued support and helping JDRF in its mission to turn type one into type none! If you’re interested in learning more about how you can be a part of the mission, contact your local JDRF office. Are you already a JDRF volunteer and want to share your story? If so, please contact Diana Buccella to learn more. 

Lets turn type one into type none