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Our Support for JDRF

After their 9 year old son Francesco was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac Disease, and Juvenille Hashimoto's Disease in October 2011, Gina and Frank tried to make sense out of it all. It took some time and a tremendous amount of patience to accept, understand, and learn how to best care for him. Anyone that has had to deal with such a diagnosis can surely understand the impact it can have not only on the life of the child but on the entire family as well. Gina, having been diagnosed with Celiac Disease 3 years ago knew first hand the sacrifices her son would have to make to ensure living a gluten free lifestyle. Adding Type 1 Diabetes to the equation complicated things tremendously. Insulin dependent diabetics need carbohydrates to ensure their blood sugar stays within a safe range. A low blood sugar requires a type 1 diabetic to typically reach for a quick acting carbohydrate to bring their blood sugar back to a safe level. That is not so easy when you suffer from Celiac Disease as well. Gluten free carbohydrates are becoming easier to find but suffering from Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease together require a constant source of gluten free foods to be accessible at all times. While dealing with the tremendous life style changes their family was going through, Gina became frustrated by the time consuming act of gathering gluten free foods from various shops that were overcharging for the items her son needed just because they were labeled "gluten free". With her abilities to build web sites, and her determination to show her son that something positive can indeed come out of all he had been through, they decided to embark on a new venture created to offer a simpler way of living and eating gluten free! No longer do you need to travel from store to store gathering your favorite gluten free foods and overpaying for them in the process.

Gluten FreeDelivers offers gluten free meal planning to take the guess work out of what to cook everyday and recipes to simplify the process.

We offer the same gluten free food products found in local shops at prices that can't be beat! We believe you shouldn't pay more just because it's labeled "gluten free".

 Diabetes and Celiac Disease - Did you know...?

As reported by Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation  approximately 1 in 10 people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) develop celiac disease – compared to the general population thought to be around 1 in 100 to 200 individuals.  Some people are born with a genetic susceptibility to celiac disease, and it is evident that people with other autoimmune diseases such as T1D may have a higher tendency toward developing celiac disease.

 Facts About Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing the disease. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to T1D research, including $116 million in FY2011. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.

A Transformative Vision

As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat, and prevent T1D. JDRF is committed, as we always have been, to delivering a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research. We are also focused on developing better treatments that transform the way people with T1D treat the disease today in order to help them live healthier lives now and in the future. Finally, JDRF focuses on prevention to keep future generations from getting T1D.

Guided by our vision of cure, treat, and prevent, JDRF-funded research encompasses T1D at every life-stage: stopping or slowing its progression in people who are newly diagnosed; reversing it in those who have lived with the disease for years; avoiding or reversing complications; and preventing the disease in people at risk and in future generations.

In addition to our research funding and leadership, JDRF’s advocacy efforts help support a variety of issues that are critical to JDRF achieving its research objectives. Our focus includes increased government funding for T1D research and a regulatory environment that allows people with T1D to benefit from potential new therapies and devices as quickly and safely as possible. Finally, JDRF’s outreach efforts provide practical support and resources for people with type 1 diabetes and their families every step of the way as they live with T1D.

Innovation and Collaboration

Research funded by JDRF has led to many landmark advances in type 1 diabetes science. We aggressively translate discoveries into treatments, drugs, and therapies that help people with T1D live healthier lives now, while we work toward a cure. Currently, JDRF is funding more than 53 human clinical trials, several of which are in the advanced stages of clinical testing needed before FDA approvals are required.

JDRF’s influence and leadership extends beyond funding research. We strategically partner with industry, governments, foundations, academia, and clinicians to ensure that JDRF and its partners are aligned and working toward a common goal of curing, treating, and preventing T1D.

Effective Operations

JDRF has always been dedicated to maintaining the highest levels of efficiency to ensure that our time, resources, and dollars can achieve the greatest possible impact on the lives of people with T1D. We have a solid track record of funding research efficiently and effectively. More than 80 percent of what JDRF spends goes directly to research and research-related education, which is among the highest percentages for charities nationwide.

Inspiring Results

JDRF was created—and is still led—by people with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes. Today, volunteers at JDRF’s more than 100 locations worldwide remain the driving force behind our activities. That gives us an unrelenting passion and commitment to find a cure—and, in the near term, better treatments—for people with T1D.

All of JDRF’s activities are driven by the needs of people with T1D. Whether it’s providing funding for a late-stage clinical trial, lobbying the government for faster approval of new devices, or partnering with a company on research that might not otherwise receive funding, every decision JDRF makes is driven by our commitment to transforming the lives of people with T1D—and delivering a cure—as soon as possible.

Updated February 2012

For more information, visit the JDRF web site at http://www.jdrf.org, or call 800-533-CURE.



cesco-i-live-photo-copy.jpg      Today we attended the most inspiring event..the JDRF Walk to Cure. It was held at Heckscher State Park under blue skies filled with smiles, support, and friendships that clearly define what "living" with Type 1 is all about. Our son was honored by his baseball organization the "Blue Claws" from Bayport, NY. Community members and family showed up to show Francesco and all kids living with type 1 that they do not walk alone in their fight with this life changing disease. The Blue Claws raised over $1700 for JDRF. The unity they displayed as they walked together wearing team tshirts that stated "I live, I hope, I walk for the cure"is something we will never forget and our heartfelt thanks go out to all that participated in this unforgettable day. The Blue Claws team concluded their walk by feasting on gluten free cupcakes!