About the Young Leadership Committee:
The JDRF Young Leadership Committee (YLC) is a group of passionate, social and motivated young professionals who believe in JDRF's efforts to cure type 1 diabetes (T1D) while finding ways to improve the lives of people with T1D today. The YLC is dedicated to supporting and raising awareness for JDRF through fundraising, networking, and social events. Many members of the YLC have a special connection to T1D—whether they live with T1D themselves or have a friend or family member living with the disease.
JDRF is the leader of the T1D community—unifying global efforts to cure, treat, and prevent T1D.
YLC Signature Event Committee:
Elizabeth Erickson (Signature Event Chair)
Maggie Berkeley (YLC President)
What is Type 1 Diabetes?
With T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone the body needs to get energy from food. This means a process your body does naturally and automatically becomes something that now requires your daily attention and manual intervention. If you have T1D, you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity throughout the day and night.
However, insulin is not a cure for diabetes. Even with the most vigilant disease management, a significant portion of your day will be spent with either high or low blood-sugar levels. These fluctuations place people with T1D at risk for potentially life-threatening hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes as well as devastating long-term complications such as kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, blindness and amputation.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and because of generous donor and partner support, we have been able to direct over $2 billion toward research. JDRF is an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. JDRF collaborates with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our vision is to create a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF.
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