JDRF Greater Bay Area Chapter Offers Program for College Bound Students
Panel of Students, Parents and Healthcare Providers will Discuss Living with Type 1 Diabetes at College
SAN FRANCISCO, July 17, 2012 – JDRF Greater Bay Area Chapter is reaching out to students who have type 1 diabetes (T1D) and are preparing to attend college in the fall. Recognizing that going away to college poses new challenges for young people living with T1D, JDRF has developed the program “Ready, Set, Go: College & Type 1 Diabetes” to take place on August 1 in Palo Alto and August 6 in Walnut Creek. A moderated panel of current college students, recent grads and parents will share their stories and answer questions about living with diabetes at college. Diabetes health care providers will also participate and be available for medical questions. Featured panelists will include medical experts, parents and students.
The program is headed by JDRF Outreach Intern, Leah Freeman, a college student herself. She explains, "Last summer, I was diagnosed with T1D a month before heading off to Chapman University for my first year of college. By connecting with the JDRF and attending the college prep panel, I felt more comfortable dealing with diabetes and the new adventures of college simultaneously. I could not be happier to be planning this college prep panel, and hope all the families that attend can walk away feeling confident in seeing their children off to school."
The program will conclude with separate breakout sessions for parents and students, facilitated by the medical professionals and student panelists.
Where & When:
Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 6:30-8:30pm, Parent’s Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto, CA
Monday, August 6, 2012, 6:30-8:30pm, Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, CA
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 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 $1.6 billion to diabetes research. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related. 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.
About Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)
T1D is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with T1D have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump - each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its potential complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.
Contact To RSVP: Leah Freeman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-671-7987