JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their focus is accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has played a big part in my life. JDRF got me started with volunteering, fundraising, and working with kids. As a Type 1 Diabetic, I am constantly praying, donating, and raising awareness for a cure while JDRF is funding research for one. They have invested over two BILLION dollars into finding a cure for T1D. Not only do they fund research for a cure but educate those living with T1D and prevention for the future.
I am also proud to say that Megan’s Miracle Makers, my personal walk team (made entirely of friends and family) has donated more than $27,000 for the cause in the last 11 years. We have done several garage sales, sponsorships, and even wine and canvas parties, but nothing has raised more money than our annual Trivia Night. This year will be our 3rd year and we are anticipating a large crowd; a crowd so large we have to turn people away. That in fact, is the one thing that is really limiting us from being able to earn MORE money. We’re out of space!
I am excited to announce that this year’s theme is a throwback to the 70’s. In addition to a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, mini games, an amazing emcee, and a baked goods table., we will have a prize for best dressed table! None of it would be possible without the help of our selfless friends and family who donate their time, money, and talents to help prepare for the event and then donate MORE time, money, and talent competing in the event. Our shirts are still super-secret at this time but trust me, they’re psychedelic. I’m looking forward to this year’s festivities while reminiscing about the past. UPDATE – Our shirts are now featured on this post!
Last year, our theme was modeled after the TV show, Friends. The team t-shirts said “INSULIN I’ll be there for you” on the front and “because you’re there for me toooooo” on the back. We actually won the Knapp T-shirt Contest by Knapp Properties and won an additional $4,000 during the One Walk in 2016. I can’t wait to continue this event annually and see how much closer we get to a cure.
I’m curious, have you participated in any JDRF event? Do you have another philanthropy you’re passionate about?