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JDRF Diabetes Research Day Luncheon

November 25, 2011

UPDATE: Video of Dr. Strand’s inspirational speech is posted below.

On Thursday, November 3, 2011 the JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter hosted the JDRF Diabetes Research Day Luncheon, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The luncheon and program were presented by Animas & LifeScan; Johnson & Johnson family of diabetes companies.

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Diabetes Research Day Luncheon Ambassadors & Natalie Strand, M.D.

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Four hundred guests including community leaders, educators, medical professionals and other members of the diabetes community attended the event.

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Steve Eagar, Kendall Tubbs, and Heather Hays

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Emcees Steve Eagar and Heather Hays from Fox 4 News are pictured above with Kendall Tubbs, JDRF Youth Ambassador.

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Natalie Strand, M.D.

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The special guest and keynote speaker was Natalie Strand, M.D., who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12, and won the Amazing Race season 17.  Dr. Strand shared the challenges and struggles she encountered while on the Amazing Race and how she never let her diabetes stop her from competing. Then, Dr. Strand answered questions from the audience. Read more about Dr. Strand 

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Watch video of Dr. Strand’s inspirational keynote speech!

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Ken Moritsugu, M.D.

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Ken Moritsugu, M.D., Chairman of the J&J Diabetes Initiative and type 1 diabetic, spoke on recent advancements in research and technology that are helping those living with diabetes live longer and healthier lives until the cure is found.

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The Honorable Delia D. Jasso

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The Honorable Delia D. Jasso, City of Dallas Council Member, District 1 and type 2 diabetic, promised to do her part to help educate the community on diabetes.

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Kim & Elizabeth Roosevelt

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Kim Roosevelt, JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter Government Relations Chair, and her daughter, Elizabeth, spoke on the importance of advocacy and urged everyone in the audience to make a difference by registering to be an advocate.

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Jim Baldwin, Board President of the JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter, presented awards to influential members of the JDRF community.

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Ken Moritsugu, M.D., Laura Leppert and Jim Baldwin

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FOUNDERS AWARD – Laura and Tom Leppert

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Jim Baldwin and Kendall Tubbs

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YOUTH ADVOCATE AWARD – Kendall Tubbs

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Bob Goldberg, Jim Baldwin, Kenny Goldberg, and Neil Goldberg

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CORPORATE COMMUNITY AWARD – Gold Metal Recyclers; Kenny Goldberg, Neil Goldberg, Bob Goldberg and Lindsay Goldberg Freedman

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Donna Rice and Jim Baldwin

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COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD – Dallas Health and Wellness Institute, an affiliate of Baylor Health Care System; Donna Rice, President

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Jim Baldwin and Gregory Clark, M.D.

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COMMUNITY RESEARCH AWARD – Gregory Clark, M.D.; Assistant Professor Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern and JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter Research Chair

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View more photos from the event by visiting the JDRF Greater Dallas Flickr site!

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To learn more about the JDRF Dallas chapter, visit our JDRF Dallas website!

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