More than three million Americans currently have Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and 30,000 more – 15,000 children and a like number of adults – will be diagnosed in the coming year. Although 85% of Americans with T1D are adults, its prevalence in people under the age of 20 has increased by 23% from 2001 to 2009.
The annual health care costs associated with T1D – a staggering $14.9 billion a year. Like so many other diseases, the goals are prevention, more effective treatment and attempts to find a cure.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. It, will present its 2013 Promise Gala on April 27 at the Indianapolis JW Marriott. The “Heroes for a Cure” theme will acknowledge several heroes, including the JDRF Living and Giving Honoree – Roche Diagnostics Corporation.
Between 700 and 800 business and community leaders are expected to attend. The event will include a reception, live and silent auctions, dinner and entertainment.