National Volunteer Week 2014: Advocating for a World Without Type 1 Diabetes

When it comes to fighting diabetes, there is strength in numbers. Across Canada more than 3,300 JDRF advocates are working together in making their voices heard in the federal and provincial governments. JDRF advocates build bonds with elected officials by sharing their personal story and raising awareness about type 1 diabetes (T1D) to influence key decision-makers to place diabetes in the government’s health priority agenda. These relationships strengthen our community, provide support for those living with diabetes, and strengthen the JDRF voice in delivering our message to the government - the need for a cure and the need to increase government spending on T1D research. 

Thank you to all of our JDRF advocates as it is through your continued support, passion and dedication that JDRF is able to increase T1D awareness and gain government funding for diabetes research. Together, one advocate at a time, we are making the voice of JDRF stronger in our effort to achieve a world without T1D. 

From left to right: Brenna Byers (age 9), Cole Byers (age 11), Ryan Leef (Member of Parliament, Yukon)

"Being an advocate for JDRF is important to me because I want to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Meeting with my MP and Premier has allowed me to share my story and that of others living with T1D. I hope to help bring awareness and understanding for people living with this disease and to gain government support for funding research.  My dream is for a world free of diabetes!"

Cole Byers
T1D Advocate since 2008

Lets turn type one into type none