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Friday, 21 September 2018 12:27

JDRF’S Ride for Type I Diabetes

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — 500 riders from 81 JDRF International chapters raised $1.476 million for type 1 diabetes research at Saturday’s Ride to Cure Diabetes in Saratoga Springs. Thirty local riders, including Tom Hoffman Jr., CEO, Hoffman Car Wash & Hoffman Jiffy Lube, raised $112,000 while representing the JDRF Northeastern New York chapter. The Northeastern New York chapter raised $113,50.

The top ten for the Northeastern New York Chapter are:

1. Thomas Hoffman who raised $25,120.

2. Stuart Sacks who raised $11,600.

3. Michelle DiMeo who raised $5,751.

4. Ray Kimmelblatt who raised $5,696.

5. Todd Kincaid who raised $5,412.

6. Dave Nicastro who raised $5,065.

7. Denise Nicastro who raised $4,694.

8. Heather Messina who raised $3,371.

9. Brian Dwyer who raised $3,300.

10. Michael Ciaburri who raised $3,100.

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 13:08

JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Ride to Cure Diabetes, one of the nation’s top type 1 diabetes (T1D) cycling fundraisers, will return to Saratoga Springs Sept. 13-16. One of six Ride to Cure Diabetes events held nationwide, the event will bring together up to 700 cyclists of all ages and skill levels representing 80 JDRF chapters from around the nation and Canada, as they fundraise for JDRF, the global leader in T1D research. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.

“We’re thrilled to once again host this inspiring event,” said JDRF Development Director Denise Nicastro.

“It brings hundreds of people together from all over the country who are connected on an intimate level because of this disease. They form new friendships, experience the unparalleled comradery of the ride community, and raise money to find a cure for T1D,” Nicastro continued.

“Last year’s Spa City ride was a huge success. Participants raised $2.7 million, which made our event the nation’s top revenue-generating ride of the year! It also pumped more than $500,000 into Saratoga’s economy, which earned an award from the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau,” she stated.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their mission is to accelerate lifechanging breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.2 billion in research funding since our inception. They are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. JDRF collaborates with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Their staff and volunteers throughout the United States and their six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and their vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow them on Twitter: @JDRF There is a $2,000 fundraising minimum to take part in the ride, which begins and ends at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Riders choose an event fundraising package and set their own mileage goal (25, 60 or 100 miles). Along the way, they receive support from ride coaches and fundraising experts who help them reach and exceed their fundraising goals. During the event, participants join fellow riders in lively seminars, excursions around town, award dinners and team celebrations that lead up to the main event, Ride Day.

“Reaching the fundraising requirement isn’t hard,” explained Nicastro.

“Participants are surprised at how quickly the money rolls in once they start contacting people. Those who complete their fundraising receive a commemorative JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes jersey. T1D riders also have the option to receive a special T1D version of the jersey instead,” she finished.

Since its inception, JDRF Ride events have raised more than $47 million for research on 70 human clinical trials of potential T1D therapies. Proceeds from the Saratoga ride will also support an array of educational programming and support groups for those suffering from the disease living in the 15 counties served by JDRF’s Northeastern New York chapter. Other 2018 Ride to Cure Diabetes sites include: La Crosse, Wis. (Aug. 9-12); Loveland, Colo (Aug. 23-26); Amelia Island, Fla. (Oct. 4-7); Death Valley, Calif. (Oct. 18-21); and, Santa Fe, NM (Nov. 1-4). To register and for more information, visit jdrf.org/ride, call 518-477-2873 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Whether you know someone affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) or just want to make a difference in their life, JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, invites you to take part in its 18th annual Hoff man Car Wash and Hoff man Jiff y Lube Golf Classic and Par-Tee Th ursday, June 7 at the picturesque Saratoga National Golf Club, located at 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Th eir mission is to accelerate lifechanging breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2 billion in research funding since our inception. They are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for effi  ciency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. JDRF collaborates with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Th eir staff  and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affi  liates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. The event, which will take place rain or shine, will get underway at 11 a.m. with registration and lunch. Golfers will take to the course at 12:30 p.m. in a shotgun scramble. The day will conclude at 5:30 p.m. with an enjoyable Par-Tee. 

“Our annual Golf Classic and Par-Tee is a great way to have some fun while helping those battle the disease,” said Ellen Pickett, Development Coordinator, JDRF Northeastern New York, noting that the non-profi t aims to raise more than $200,000.

“More than 10,000 people live with T1D within the 17 counties we serve. Monies raised will help fund more than 70 human clinical trials of potential T1D therapies, as well as support JDRF’s Outreach Program, which off ers personalized support to families, adults, and children living with T1D on how to better manage and cope with the disease,” she continued.

Evening Par-Tee tickets are $75 and include an exclusive evening soirée for golfers and guests featuring the ultimate Mazzone food and cocktail experience, live music by Erin Harkes, and one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, including golf, travel, entertainment, jewelry, local experiences, and more. To register and learn more, visit www.jdrf-northeastern-ny. ejoinme.org/golfpartee or call Ellen Pickett at 518-477-2873. For more information, visit jdrf.org or follow on Twitter: @JDRF

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 13:31

JDRF Walk at Saratoga Race Course

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday, Oct. 14 the JDRF, formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, One Walk raised $148,824 of their $153,800 goal for type I diabetes.

“JDRF One Walk has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D),” said the official statement.

T1D is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to with diet or lifestyle and it’s serious and stressful to manage. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D and there is currently no cure.

More than 750 walkers, volunteers, and sponsors engaged in the One Walk at the Saratoga Race Course. 64 registered teams that represented local businesses, families, schools, and other organizations made up those teams, also included recently diagnosed T1D families.

Participants strolled 1.25 miles around the racetrack and then gathered for refreshments, music, entertainment, face painting, a photo booth, and family fun. While there was no registration fee, people were encouraged to raise $100 to receive their commemorative One Walk t-shirt.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – The upcoming Golf Classic and Par-Tee fundraiser event on June 5 is more than just a good deed for a good cause for some of those involved with it. For them, it is also a deeply personal endeavor.

Gathered in the back of a local coffee shop for their usual meeting, several women involved in organizing the upcoming golf fundraiser talked about how the event’s mission to help find a cure for Type-1 diabetes has touched their lives, whether it be that they have lived with the disease themselves, have children with it, or both. Funds raised from the event will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, which helps to fund research into the treatment of Type-1 diabetes.

Type-1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune disorder that hinders the production of insulin in the body. Its causes are unknown, although a family history of the disease is known to increase one’s risk of developing it. It is important to note its differences from Type-2 diabetes, a metabolic disorder caused by poor diet and lack of exercise. Due to the fact that Type-2 accounts for around 90-percent of diabetes cases, public perception can often be that it is the only form of the disease, which is a source of great frustration for those who develop Type-1 through no fault of their dietary or lifestyle choices.

For Joyce Ure, Denise Nicastro, and Karen Larkin, the attachment is through their children, who all live with the disease. When Ure’s son began exhibiting symptoms consistent with Type-1 when he was eight, she thought it could not be true due the lack of history with the disease, but after he was taken to Albany Medical and found to have a blood sugar of 680, the diagnosis was clear. For Ure, the hope for the event is that it will also help spread awareness for the symptoms of the disease. Nicastro’s daughter was diagnosed early in life and is now a student in college. With her daughter so far away most times of the year, it leaves her with a lot of anxiety.

Larkin’s son was diagnosed when he was six, and has lived with the disease for the last four years. Over those years, she has noticed definite improvements in the technology for treating and monitoring diabetic symptoms, a sentiment supported by everyone at the table. A few of them mentioned apps on their phones and watches that allow them to monitor their children’s blood sugar levels at all times anywhere. These technologies were not around only a few years ago, they said, and developments like these show the benefits of raising money for organizations like the JDRF.

For Ellen Brodie, Type-1 is just about her entire life, as both she and her two children are living with the disease.

“My personal attachment is my life, and its my kids’ lives,” Brodie said. “That’s about as personal as it gets.”

The Golf Classic and Par-Tee will be held at Saratoga National Golf Club on June 5, starting at 11:30 a.m. For the first time this year, the Golf Classic and Par-Tee events will be combined into one event, as opposed to years prior when they were separate affairs. The organizers estimated that the two separate events in the past have raised over $200,000 a year for the JDRF. More information about the event can be found online at www.jdrf.org/neny/events/hoffman-car-wash-hoffman-jiffy-lube-golf-classic-and-par-tee/#event-details.

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