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Burlington ON L7M 4A3

Tel: 905.664.1432 or 1.866.602.6662

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Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF

Many thanks to all the riders who showed such enthusiasm on October 3rd at the Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF in Hamilton.

Each and every Team Captain, rider and donor has made an impact on the lives of the many children and adults living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) - thank you all for your support!

The fundraising does not have to stop yet though.  If you did not reach your goal of $750 per team, there is still time to send out another e-mail to friends or family you were not able to reach, or maybe even hold an internal fundraiser at work, such as a bake sale or dress down day with donations going to your Ride team.

Many thanks go to Maegan, Joelle, Celine and Patricia from the Energy Lab for putting our riders through their paces.

As always, the event would not be possible without the help of the many volunteers who work so hard behind the scenes to make sure you have an enjoyable experience.


Burlington vRide

Many thanks to the staff at The Fitness Firm, in Burlington who hosted our Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF to help us celebrate World Diabetes Day on November 14th.

We had teams from The Fitness Firm, BMO, Velocity EHS and Cambridge LLP rode with us, and raised over $15,000 for type 1 diabetes research.

We look forward to holding two very successful Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF events in 2020, stay tuned for dates and more information early in the new year!

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Hamilton Walk

Sunday, June 9th saw approximately 1,000 walkers attending the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF at Pier 4 Park.

There are so many people to thank for the success of the 2019 event.

To each participant who came and walked with us (whether you created or joined a team or walked as an individual) your support of our mission to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) is much appreciated. We do hope that everyone had an amazing and inspirational day, especially those walkers who participated for the first time, we can't wait to see you all again in 2020!

Thank you to each person who supported our amazing walkers with a donation and thank you to our regional and local sponsors: Alectra Utilities, Dexcom, Ippolito Produce, Lococo’s, Maple Leaf Foods, Tandem Diabetes Care, Trial Net, Trophy Foods, and Ypsomed Diabetes Care. Last, but certainly not least, a HUGE thank you to each and every volunteer who worked so hard behind the scenes, either before the Walk or on Walk day. Your energy and enthusiasm are contagious and we truly could not hold this event without you.

 Thank you to our local sponsors of the Hamilton Walk​

Brantford Walk

What a difference a year makes!!

The 2019 SunLife Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF in Brantford was blessed with amazing sunny weather on June 23rd, which was very welcome after the thunderstorms that forced us to cancel the event last year.

Over 300 walkers enjoyed that wonderful weather at D’Aubigny Creek Park, many of them on teams who joined us for the first time, and we thank them for their support and dedication.

Thanks also go to each and every person who supported our walkers with a donation in support of T1D research. Thanks to our regional and local sponsors:   Brantwood Farms, Brantford Pipe and Drum, Brantford Fire Department, Cobblestones, Dionna Emery, Freshco, Magical Midways, Maple Lodge Farms, Rylan Photography, Sobeys, Tim Hortons, Trial Net and Ypsomed Diabetes Care. Again, we have an amazing group of volunteers, who work very hard, before the event and on Walk day, to ensure a smooth and enjoyable event for everyone, we could not do this without them!


Niagara Region Walk in St. Catharines.

Sunday September 8th was the day of the final Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF in our area, with great weather and over 300 participants enjoying an inspiring day mingling with other families affected by T1D.

There are many people to thank for the success of the day including each and every walker, donor and sponsor who made their contribution.

Music was provided by Rob Leonard and Blake Halladay, and Cornwall the Dragon and Sparky D made an appearance to entertain the kids!

A very special thank you goes to each and every volunteer who played their part, either before the day, or on the day of the event.

Planning is well underway for the 2020 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF events in the Hamilton/Brantford/Niagara Region, and we need YOUR help.

We are looking for volunteers to work on all our events.

  • Helping to recruit walkers
  • Helping to solicit the supplies and items that we require to run these events
  • Helping with media coverage for our events
  • Any number of event day positions: working in registration, along the route, BBQ, Kids areas etc.

Please contact Anne Martin at 1 866 602 6662 or email [email protected] if you can spare a few hours, and your talent, to help find a cure for T1D.

The 2020 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF website will be live and registration will be open in January 2020, and we look forward to walking with you again!

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Host a T1D Fundraiser

Be a Diabetes Champion! Join our dedicated team of fundraisers by raising funds in support of diabetes research. 

There are countless ways to contribute! Host your own fundraiser….join a community event….rally your coworkers….get your school involved. Your passion combined with our expertise will ensure your efforts make a big impact on the lives of Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

We’ve made it easy for you to organize a fundraiser that is meaningful to you while raising funds for vital research. Choose a fundraising idea and then let us know what you want to do. We’ll provide you with all the tools and support you need to make it a success.

For more information on how to start your own event, please contact Anne Martin at 905-664-1432 or email [email protected].

Get started with your fundraising event… 


Community Engagement

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for a while, you are not alone. JDRF is here to give you the information and resources you need to help you on your journey. We understand life with type 1 diabetes and we are here to help.  If you would like to speak with someone today, please contact Anne, [email protected] or 905.664.1432

Community Events or Upcoming Events

Many thanks to the 60 people who came out to navigate the Corn Maze on Saturday October 26th!

We are pleased to say that everyone had a great time (and no one got lost!!)

Many thanks go to the Hanes Family for their support of JDRF by donating partial proceeds of this season’s corn maze to diabetes research.

Bag of Hope

Does your child have type 1 diabetes? You are not alone. A free bag that includes educational materials, activity books and Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes®. Order your Bag of Hope today!
For more information contact, please contact Anne [email protected]

Talk T1D

Looking for someone to talk to? You are not alone. Talk T1D is one on one support to people who are impacted by type 1 diabetes from trained volunteers who have been there. Get connected today!

Local Support Groups

There are several support groups that meet in the Hamilton/Burlington/Niagara area to provide peer support to families living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Hamilton & Area Parents Support Group: 
Wilf Ruland, 905.648.1296, [email protected]

Burlington & Oakville Parents Support Group: 
Christina McNaughton, 905.592.1372, [email protected]

Niagara T1D Families
Tracy Di Marco, 905.360.0351, [email protected]

For more information on local JDRF family activities or our mentoring program for newly diagnosed families, please contact Anne Martin at [email protected].

JDRF Ambassadors

JDRF Ambassadors are children, youth and adults who are motivated to tell their stories to others. We train and support over 200 ambassadors to attend speaking events across the country at schools, workplaces and fundraising events. By telling their stories, they help raise awareness about the realities of living with type 1 diabetes. For more information on how to become an ambassador, contact Anne [email protected]

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Volunteers Wanted

Whether it's the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF, the Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF, or any other JDRF event that takes place during the year, they all require a considerable amount of volunteer help.

This help can be pre-event, working on one of many committees involving recruitment of participants, solicitation of sponsorships for items and services, or day-of-event duties such as registration, route supervision, kids activities, barbecue/refreshment area, etc.

For information on the many volunteer opportunities available, please contact Anne Martin at 905.664.1432/1.866.602.6662 or email [email protected].

Volunteers are the backbone of JDRF and their support is truly appreciated!

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In Honour and In Memory Donations

You can make a donation to JDRF in honour of someone you love, or to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary. Just call the office and we can easily process your donation and send out a personalized card on your behalf to the person being honoured.

If you wish to make a donation in memory of someone who has passed away, we will send a card to their next of kin to acknowledge your donation to JDRF in memory of their loved one.

Call Anne Martin for further details at 905.664.1432/1.866.602.6662 or [email protected].

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