Cynthia Ford to Serve as 2012 JDRF Annual Conference Chair

Cynthia Ford to Serve as 2012 JDRF Annual Conference Chair

 

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Michael Cook, (212) 479-7510; mcook@jdrf.org

 

New York, NY, June 4, 2012-JDRF announced today that Cynthia Ford will attend its 2012 Annual Conference as the recognized chairwoman for the event.  The conference, which takes place under the theme of “All for 1,” will be held this year in Washington, D.C. from June 6 through June 8.

Ms. Ford has been very active with JDRF since her son, Albert, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age three. Now 19, Albert was selected as a delegate to the 2009 JDRF Children’s Congress in Washington, D.C., where he and his mother served as co-chairs.  Ms. Ford currently serves as the chairwoman of JDRF’s Government Relations Committee and is a member of the JDRF International Board of Directors’ Executive Committee.

“I am very excited about the possibilities for what we can accomplish at this year’s Annual Conference,” said Ford.  “The theme, ‘All for 1,’ expresses exactly what I know will be our united effort to work together to ensure that all people with type 1 diabetes are able to enjoy good health and a promising future.  Knowing that JDRF is committed to this objective makes me proud to be a part of this initiative.”

“We are very pleased to have Cynthia Ford serving as the chair for this year’s Annual Conference,” said JDRF president and CEO, Jeffrey Brewer. “She brings with her a passion for type 1 diabetes advocacy and collaboration that I believe will inspire others as we move forward to pursue our goal of better treatments, prevention, and ultimately a cure for type 1 diabetes.”

One of the focuses of this year’s JDRF Annual Conference will be the need to continue funding T1D research through the Special Diabetes Program (SDP).  The funding provided by this bill, nearly $1.9 billion since its inception in 1997, has been used to drive crucial research initiatives including the Artificial Pancreas Project.  To pursue the goal of renewing the bill, JDRF will be encouraging Members of Congress to sign a letter of support being circulated by Diabetes Caucus co-chairs, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representatives Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Diana DeGette (D-CO).

About JDRF

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 now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance 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. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.