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By Caroline Lewis, National Manager of Planned Giving at JDRF
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a part of my family.
Blood sugar testing, carb counting, site changes, insulin doses…They are a way of life in my house because my husband, son and daughter all have type 1 diabetes (T1D).
My family has benefitted from many of today’s T1D advancements, including continuous glucose monitors, insulin pumps and diabetes screening through TrialNet (a clinical trial research network dedicated to the prevention of type 1 diabetes). I understand the importance of research because T1D is a 24/7 disease that knows no boundaries. It is a condition that affects more than 300,000 Canadians and millions of people worldwide.
I am grateful that JDRF Canada was founded by a group of dedicated families with a personal connection to T1D who were looking to make a difference in the lives of their loved ones. At the same time, I am inspired by the work that JDRF-funded researchers have accomplished to date, and I am hopeful for continued progress in the future.
I have always been a donor, so it was a natural progression that I would one day become a volunteer and eventually start working for JDRF. Spending time with other families who live with T1D, and explaining how their contributions can assist JDRF in its mission to cure, prevent and better treat the disease is something I enjoy very much.
Being a mom of 2 children living with T1D, I have always thought about ways we can accelerate research for the generations to come. That’s why I’m proud to help lead our efforts in launching the Canadian BETA Society, which honours donors who have chosen to leave a planned gift to JDRF. BETA society members help advance T1D research by providing JDRF with sustainable support, helping us plan for the future and invest more into potential lifesaving treatments and therapies. You can help us on this journey by including JDRF as a beneficiary in your estate plans. Your participation in the BETA Society will not only help further our mission, but also bring us one step closer to our goal of creating a world without T1D.
Between November 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, you can include a gift to JDRF in your will or trust, or name JDRF as a beneficiary of a retirement account or a life-insurance policy. This will allow you to qualify for the JDRF Global Legacy Challenge, generating a $1,000 donation to JDRF for ongoing research projects.
If you have already included JDRF in your estate plans, but have not yet notified us, your gift also qualifies for the Legacy Challenge. Remember: In order to be eligible, you must confirm JDRF is in your estate plans by June 30, 2019.
As someone directly touched by type 1 diabetes, I hope you will join us on this journey as we continue to invest in the advancement of T1D research. Please consider leaving a legacy to JDRF Canada, and help us turn type one into type none.