HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)-The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF), founded in 1970 by parents whose children were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for the autoimmune disease which strikes children and adults suddenly and last a lifetime. Over the past four decades, JDRF has funded more diabetes research than any other charitable organization: $1.5 billion and counting. Every 30 seconds an individual is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Today people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin to manage the disease. But insulin is not the cure, nor does it prevent the possibilities of the disease's devastation effects, which can include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, amputation, and pregnancy complications.