The third annual JDRF One Night Chattanooga will be held on Thursday, March 14, at Stratton Hall from 6-9 p.m. It will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which is the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Amy Weeks and Cathy McDonald started this important fundraiser when their children were diagnosed with T1D. Melissa Price and Lisa Haley, whose children have the same disease, joined them in their efforts.
Each year, an estimated 40,000 people are diagnosed with T1D in the U.S. T1D is an autoimmune disease that affects both children and adults. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle, and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Besides regularly monitoring their blood-sugar and coping with a lifelong dependence on insulin, individuals still face the constant threat of devastating, life-threatening complications. At present, there is no cure, but your support we can turn “Type One” into “Type None.”
This fundraiser means a lot to its organizers: Amy and Joe Weeks and their son Charlie; Cathy and Scott McDonald and their son Whit; Melissa and Jeremy Price and their son Bailey; and Lisa and Joe Hailey and their son Mitchell, because this disease has really changed their lives. Thankfully, with the help of insulin and monitoring blood sugar levels, these children/teenagers can grow to be healthy and productive adults who will have a normal and long life, but money is necessary for research. Hopefully one day this disease will be cured.
This fundraiser has been held for the last two years at the Peyton, but because it has grown so much, with over 250 people attending last year, it moved next door to Stratton Hall. It is always a very fun evening, featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres from 1885 Grill, an open bar, a silent auction, and live music. This year there will be an online silent auction, so that even if you can’t be there, you can bid on items. It’s a great way to get over the winter blahs and have fun while supporting research for this widespread disease that affects so many of our young people.
To make a reservation, which is only $75 per person, call (865) 544-0768 or go to www.jdrf.org, which will also keep you up-to-date on the wonderful silent auction items. This event is not only a blast, it is a win-win situation!