Why I Support Juvenile Diabetes Research

Posted on Apr 11th 2013 by Earnie Franklin

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For the last couple of years, Incepture has proudly participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of North Florida’s Walk to Cure Diabetes, so I was honored when they asked me to serve as this year’s corporate chairman. Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes, is an autoimmune disease that usually strikes children but occasionally young adults. Those affected are unable to naturally produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy for daily life, and must instead inject insulin multiple times a day. Constantly tracking blood sugar levels is integral to staying healthy. Type 1 diabetes affects over three million Americans and one in three children born in the United States will develop diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Scientists do not yet know exactly what causes the disease, but as the leading organization funding T1D research, JDRF's goal is to remove its impact from people's lives until we achieve a world without it.  Chances are you know someone who is impacted in one way or another from T1D—a friend who takes insulin at every meal, a neighbor who pricks their finger 10 to 15 times a day to monitor blood sugar levels, a child who makes routine visits to the doctor every few months.  Everything they do impacts their glucose level, and their life is a constant balancing act. I happen to have a close friend whose daughter has T1D and have seen firsthand the impact it has on their lives, every minute of every day.  JDRF’s research has improved the lives of children just like her and that’s why I’m helping to raise funds: for a better future and a long, healthy life.  While the research and treatment advances have been tremendous, there is no known cure for T1D.  The annual Walk to Cure Diabetes is the largest fundraising event for JDRF and we need everyone’s support.  As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries.  In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research.  More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education.  In 2012, Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five all-star charities. We are thrilled to have Florida Blue on board and ready to walk this year.  It truly is a team effort when you are dealing with diabetes, so let’s make this the best walk ever!          

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Earnie Franklin

Earnie Franklin is the president and chief executive officer of Incepture Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida Blue. Throughout his career, Earnie has been active in several professional and civic organizations. The JDRF is especially close to his heart. He lives with his family in Jacksonville.

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I’m really happy hearing that JDRF sponsoring huge amount of money for scientific research about T1D, I have seen people suffering from it even some of my love ones. It would be great if they could come up with a solution. You have my support!

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