Today, I’m proud to announce that Medtronic is partnering with Lilly Diabetes to serve as the national presenting sponsors of the 2014 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes events! As the national presenting sponsors, Medtronic and Lilly will host educational booths at select local events and will work with our employees to form Walk teams at each location. The sponsorship, a first for JDRF and the Medtronic-Lilly Alliance, will help JDRF fund more than half a million dollars for type 1 diabetes research.
It seems appropriate that we make this special announcement today on T1Day, the annual observance JDRF established to help educate the public about type 1 diabetes, including the signs and symptoms, life with the disease, differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and research progress. November 1 also officially kicks off National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM) here in the United States.
Since 1992, the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, the organization’s flagship fundraising program, has raised more than $1 billion toward research to progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes from people’s lives until there is a cure. Thanks to Walks and other fundraising efforts, JDRF has become the world’s leading funder of type 1 diabetes research, and is a powerful advocate for the type 1 diabetes community.
This is the first co-sponsorship for the Medtronic-Lilly Alliance and the first time JDRF will have a national presenting Walk sponsor. The Medtronic-Lilly Alliance was established in 2009 to combine the insulin expertise of Lilly with the advanced diabetes technologies of Medtronic. By sponsoring the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes with Lilly Diabetes, we’re thrilled to be working with two organizations that share our dedication to diabetes education and community support.
More than 200 JDRF Walks are held every year in the United States and around the world. Participants, walking alone or in teams, as well as virtual walkers and other volunteers, work together to raise money for JDRF. The program’s national sponsors play a large role in supporting all JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes events throughout the country.
The 2014 Walks begin around the country on January 25, and teams are already forming. To register, or for more information about the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in your area, visit walk.jdrf.org .