JDRF President Her Royal Highness Meets Children Living with Type 1 Diabetes and Actor Jeremy Irvine
February 1, 2013
JDRF United Kingdom (UK) announced that its president, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, spent a day at the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)-one of the UK's leading institutions for insulin pump therapy-to meet with children living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and their families. Her Royal Highness and the children also had the opportunity to meet actor Jeremy Irvine, star of Steven Spielberg's War Horse, who knows first-hand the challenges of living with the disease.
"We are absolutely delighted to have The Duchess of Cornwall demonstrate her support for the work of JDRF," said JDRF UK's chief executive, Karen Addington. "Type 1 diabetes is a challenging and serious autoimmune condition, often overlooked, which affects 400,000 children and adults across the UK. We are very thankful for her support, which will help more people understand what it is like to live with type 1 and become involved with the work that we do."
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 now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people 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 diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance 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.