JDRF as the Charity of Choice for Barrie Member of Parliament at the 2013 NYC Marathon


TORONTO, ON (October 31, 2013) - Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie, Ontario and Chair of the All-Party Juvenile Diabetes Caucus on Parliament Hill, will be participating in the New York City Marathon to create awareness for type 1 diabetes and raise vital funds that will help support world class research to accelerate progress for the management, care and cure of T1D.

Patrick has been profoundly touched by JDRF youth ambassadors that have shared with him their struggles of living with T1D. Over the past few years, Patrick has had the pleasure of meeting young constituents from Barrie, like Rebecca Morrison, who explained how difficult it is for young Canadians living with T1D, and Sydney Grace, who put together a scrapbook to describe the challenges of managing T1D and what a cure would mean to her. Most recently, Patrick met young ambassador Noah Stock and his dad Jay, who shared with Patrick what it is like to be a young child living with T1D.

These courageous youth have made a lasting impression on Patrick and have inspired him to become more involved in raising awareness of T1D. As a result, MP Brown will don his running shoes this November in New York City to run 26 miles in support of T1D research. “I’m proud of JDRF’s youth ambassadors, Rebecca, Sydney and Noah for sharing their stories in an effort to raise awareness about T1D” said Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie, Ontario. “Their stories inspire me to continue to work towards securing additional federal funding for T1D research in an effort to improve the lives of all Canadians affected by T1D.”

“It is through the continuous support and dedication of our most valued advocates, such as Patrick Brown, that JDRF is able to raise awareness of T1D and increase funding for diabetes research in our effort to deliver a cure to those living with T1D” said Dave Prowten, President and CEO, JDRF Canada.

T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. T1D usually strikes in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood, and lasts a lifetime. Just to survive, people with T1D must take multiple injections of insulin daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump. More than 300,000 Canadians are living with T1D.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact

Sara Marano, JDRF Canada
[email protected]  

Samantha Flynn
Parliamentary Assistant to Patrick Brown, MP
[email protected]

About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.  Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion to T1D research. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. For more information, please visit jdrf.ca

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