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Cliff Harris: A Personal Story

June 25, 2010

JDRF is proud to have Dallas Cowboy legend and businessman Cliff Harris serving on its board and chairing the “Swing for the Cure.” Many may not know that Cliff has a personal reason for being involved with JDRF.

Cliff’s Dad was a P 38 (the fastest American plane at the time) fighter pilot in WWII in the South Pacific. His dream was to be a pilot. While on a mission attacking the Japanese armada, he was shot down in the South China Sea. He was on a raft for two days and was saved  by paddling  to the only American occupied island.

“I lived my dream by playing for the Dallas Cowboys,” Cliff says. “My Dad’s was cut short by diabetes.  At the end of the war he was a top pilot, one of the very few selected to become a jet test pilot. While on his way to the school, during his physical, he was found to have diabetes. His dream collapsed.”

Having diabetes  ended Cliff’s Dad’s career in the Air Force and certainly from becoming  a test pilot. He never flew again.

“He did not live his dream,” Cliff says. “I did.”

“I watched him every day give himself shots in the thigh…that is why I want to take action and do my best to help find a cure…beat this disease.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2010 11:03 am

    Congratulations JDRF Dallas on a fantastic tournament! We were so proud to be a part of it and we are that much closer to finding a cure! Boston’s loves JDRF!

    • June 29, 2010 11:44 am

      Thank you Boston’s for being a big part of the 2010 JDRF Swing for the Cure! It’s corporate involvement like yours that made it successful!

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