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JDRF Spring Gala to raise money for diabetes research


Living with type 1 diabetes can be a constant struggle. Every day filled with testing and monitoring, the threat of things getting out of control never far away. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is working to change that.

The JDRF is the largest global group in the world raising money for research. Courtney Odorico and Kristen Odorico, with JDRF, stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the organizations goals.

On Saturday, it is hosting the 2013 Spring Gala at the Monona Terrace. It's hoping to raise $450,000. WKOW's own Greg Jeschke will emcee and the Pierce family will be given a special achievement award, in honor of their extraordinary commitment to the community.

JDRF says the Pierce Family Foundation trustees – Harvey, Delores, Jeff, Steve, Julie and Susan – generously support JDRF in honor of Jack Pierce Jacobsen, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2009. Their family Walk team, "Jack's Pack" has raised significant funding since 2010. In addition to their support of JDRF, the Pierce Family Foundation was a leader in the opening of the American Family Children's Hospital in 2007, a key partner in serving the T1D community. For their many contributions, the Pierce Family Foundation is a most worthy recipient of JDRF's Living and Giving Award.

Click here for more information about JDRF and the spring gala.

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