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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. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.
The mission of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations (JDRF) is to cure, treat & prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D). More than 80% of every dollar raised will directly benefit our research efforts to reach this goal. JDRF researchers are currently working on some incredible break throughs, including encapsulation.
Encapsulation is a therapy where a pouch composed of beta or islet cells (insulin-producing cells), surrounded by a protective barrier, is implanted into the body. The new beta cells release insulin when needed while the barrier protects them from being destroyed by the autoimmune attack. This therapy will allow T1Ds to live virtually diabetes-free for up to 24 months, at which time they would receive a new pouch.
Your donation will help make this therapy a reality for the more than 15,000 T1Ds in Western New York!