Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
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Facts and Statistics
In 2002, diabetes accounted for $132 billion in health care costs in the US.
Diabetes kills one American every three minutes and is the sixth leading cause of death reported in the U.S.
Type 1 diabetes--an autoimmune disease also known as juvenile diabetes
Type 2 diabetes--a metabolic disorder also known as adult onset diabetes
Life expectancy for people with diabetes is shortened by an average of 15 years, and the risk of death for people with diabetes is about two times that of people without diabetes.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, adult blindness, and non-traumatic amputations and a leading cause of nerve damage, stroke, and heart attacks.
Fundraising & Administrative Percentage
A native of Dallas, Anne became a member of the Board of Directors of JDRF�s Greater Dallas Chapter as soon as she received the news of Charlie�s diagnosis. In spite of having to deal with retinopathy and other diabetes-related complications over the past few years, Anne has become increasingly devoted to JDRF and the search for a cure.
Aware that JDRF had increased its investment in islet cell transplantation research � with breakthrough results reported over the last two years � Anne placed her name of the waiting list to become one of very few people in the world to receive islet cell transplantation. As of May 2003, 257 people have been transplanted using the Edmonton Protocal or a variation.
Because of the severity of her disease, Anne met the eligibility requirements and on February 5, 2003, she received her first of three islet transplants in Houston, Texas. Her blood sugar levels began to register between 80 and 100 (normal range for a person without diabetes) and she feels better now than she has in her entire life. She no longer requires insulin injections to stay alive.
�When I see myself on that video,� said Anne at the JDRF meeting, �I see myself exactly the way I�ve always pictured myself�cured of diabetes.� Her exuberant attitude and radiant smile represent the greatest hopes and dreams of every member of the JDRF family. She is living proof of the dramatic success of islet transplantation to restore normal blood sugar levels in people with juvenile diabetes.
On the other hand, researchers still have much more work to do before islet transplantation can be considered a true cure and can be made available to all people with diabetes, including children. As of now, islet recipients must remain on a lifetime regimen of immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection of the transplanted islets. Therefore, only adults with severely unmanageable blood sugar levels or hypoglycemic unawareness, like Anne, are eligible for the procedure.
As Anne puts it, �At the same time I�m screaming for joy, I also want to scream in anger because I hate that I am so alone.� Referring to the fact that she is one of only 257 people in the world who has had islet transplantation, she points out that there are millions who still need a cure, including Charlie.
More convinced than ever that research is the answer, Anne urged her fellow JDRF volunteers to be even more passionate and committed in their efforts to find a cure. �More volunteer efforts now means a cure will get here sooner,� she said.
Anne herself plans to be at the forefront of such efforts�she is a member of the National Research Lay Review Committee, a select group of volunteer leaders within JDRF who determine the most effective research projects in getting JDRF toward the goal of a cure. She is also JDRF�s Texas State Leader for Government Affairs and serves as co-chair of the local Major Gifts committee.
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