JDRF Oregon/SW Washington Chapter 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes Ambassadors

PORTLAND, OR (August 21, 2013) — Every year JDRF receives many applications from children with type 1 diabetes all over the Oregon and SW Washington area to apply to become Ambassadors for the Walk to Cure Diabetes which is being held September 29. The role of a Walk Ambassador is to assist JDRF in educating the community about what it is like living with T1D, and help us promote the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes. Four ambassadors have been chosen this year: 11 year old Henry Kilman from Scappoose, OR, Otto Petersen elementary; 16 year old Eli Webber from Vancouver, WA, Prairie High School; 10 year old Charlotte Hand from Portland, OR, Sunnyside Environmental School; and 15 year old Abigail Hoppe from Salem, OR, West Salem High School who is also this years Miss Oregon Junior Teen for the National American Teenager Program. Congratulations to all of our Ambassadors.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

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. Of those funds, since 2001, JDRF has funded over $2.9 million to research being done in Oregon.  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, citing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.

The JDRF Oregon/SW Washington Chapter serves the state of Oregon and the area of SW Washington State.  In addition to raising money to find a cure, the Chapter provides support and resource information through a number of outreach programs to those living with type 1 diabetes and their families.

For more information, please visit and the Chapter’s website at

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