As Summer Starts, Type 1 Diabetes Donations Flood In
Spring and summer are important fundraising seasons, and some of the biggest non-profits are working hard to make sure that their fundraisers are as successful as ever.
One non-profit that is always making news is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and as we shared earlier, it held its 2012 Promise Ball, Path to a Cure, on May 19 in Connecticut – raising a whopping $1.28 million for research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications, the Thomaston Express reported.
As we at the JDCA often state, the charity organizations do a great job in mobilizing the diabetes community and bringing people together in the search for a cure. That is to say that fundraising events almost always advertise and talk about a cure. But is all, or even most, of this $1.28 million really going to go into research labs to develop a specific cure in our lifetime? Our reports show that that is unlikely. In fact most of the money gets spread out and used for other non-cure related efforts.
Some may be wondering…how much money do we need to raise in order to find a cure for type 1? While no one can really know the answer to that question, few can complain about a lack of support from generous diabetes donors. As these gala events prove, the money is indeed coming in. It can and should be used to help researchers find the cure that we have all been waiting for.
As other big events and fundraisers roll along, we have to make sure now more than ever that the foundations know that we want money focused toward a Practical Cure. Fundraising is only the first step, now we must ensure it is directed toward Practical Cure research. The end result that we all want to see is a true and committed mission to a Practical Cure.