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On Sunday, June 1, there will be a chicken barbecue for the benefit of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation from noon until 7 p.m. at The Place on Ford Street in Ogdensburg. Drawings and auctions will be held.

Juvenile diabetes, also known as Type 1 diabetes, is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with Type 1 diabetes must take multiple insulin injections daily or use an insulin pump, and test their blood sugar by pricking their finger six or more times per day. While insulin keeps people with Type 1 diabetes alive, it is not a cure nor does it prevent its long-term effects: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart attack and stroke.

More than 3 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes. Each year, more than 13,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes. That’s 35 children each and every day.

JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Until a cure is found, JDRF is also committed to developing new and better treatments to improve the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes and keep them as healthy as possible.

JDRF is the worldwide leader in funding Type 1 diabetes research and annually receives top ratings from independent sources that rate charitable giving. JDRF has funded more than $1.6 billion since its founding.

JDRF was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with Type 1 diabetes. As a result, JDRF volunteers have a personal connection to Type 1 diabetes, which translates into an unrelenting commitment to finding a cure.

When our 10-year-old granddaughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 5-and-a-half, we joined the ranks of these volunteers with a heartfelt mission of helping JDRF reach its goals as soon as possible for her sake as well as the other 3 million Americans afflicted with this disease.

Please help us in our efforts by supporting our barbecue fundraiser.

Doug and Teresa Loffler

Ogdensburg

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