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Professional Bowlers & Celebs bring attention to T1D at STRIKEoutDiabetes

June 12, 2012

Chris and Lynda Barnes, championship bowlers and parents of twin boys Ryan and Troy, led the way at the STRIKEoutDiabetes charity bowling event at AMF Lewisville Lanes on Saturday, June 2, 2012. It was a wonderful success thanks to donors, sponsors and bowlers raising over $54,000 for JDRF to support the millions of children and adults who suffer from type 1 diabetes and its devastating complications. [Support JDRF and STRIKEoutDiabetes with a donation!]

For the event, companies and teams sponsored a lane for $300 each and each bowler raised a minimum of $100 (five per team) with all funds benefiting the JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter. There was fun to be had by all that attended including a silent auction, prize drawings, 50/50 raffle, trick shots and colored pin strike prizes!

Additionally, the event had an impressive line up of Chris & Lynda’s fellow professional bowling friends including Tommy Jones, Carolyn and Del Ballard, Shannon O’Keefe, Mike Fagan, Dino Castillo, Chris Drewes and Jesse Buss.

The event also featured sports anchor Scott Murray as the celebrity emcee, DJ David Hodges who kept the crowd dancing in the lanes, the Flower Mound Rosettes Dancers performing before the opening ceremony, youth bowler Jaden Takayesu who led the National Anthem and an appearance as a celebrity guest bowler, actor and musician Nick Jonas.

View more photos from the event: Tammy Kay’s Photography
All photos are available for order… 4×6 prints are $5 and 5×7 prints are $10
Proceeds from photo purchases will benefit JDRF!

About STRIKEoutDiabetes
STRIKEoutDiabetes is an awareness and fundraising initiative partnering with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). With bowling continuing to grow as a family sport for all ages, this program has something that everyone can get involved in.

The JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter launched this pilot program with the Barnes Family in November 2009 for National Diabetes Awareness Month. Since then, the STRIKEoutDiabetes program has raised a total of over $150,000 for JDRF in the Dallas area alone with additional events taking place across the country. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this great success including Chris and Lynda Barnes, the professional bowlers, participants, sponsors and volunteers!

About the Barnes Family
Professional bowlers, Lynda and Chris Barnes, have twin boys, Troy and Ryan. In 2008, Troy was suddenly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. To stay alive, Troy must take multiple insulin injections daily and test his blood sugar by pricking his finger 6 or more times a day. While insulin allows Troy to stay alive, it is not a cure. Since Troy’s diagnosis, the Barnes’ have dedicated their celebrity status and resources to helping JDRF find a cure, including Lynda becoming a Board Member of the Greater Dallas Chapter.

The Barnes Family and Friends want to send a huge thank you for all of your support and patience while we continue to build an event that is exciting, fun, educational and most importantly helps to fund a cure with the help of JDRF.  We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 STRIKEoutDiabetes Charity Event!

To learn more or make a donation to STRIKEoutDiabetes visit the STRIKEoutDiabetes website.

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


Support JDRF with Pura Vida Bracelets

June 7, 2012

Maybe you’ve seen these colorful bands on the wrists of celebrities, models, or your friends. But Pura Vida is more than a just a hot accessory; it’s a way to support JDRF! For every “No Sugar Added” bracelet sold, Pura Vida donates $1 to support JDRF and clinical research worldwide!

Handmade in Costa Rica by the area’s finest artisans, Pura Vida bracelets represent living life to the fullest and are meant to be a celebration of each day as a gift. Show off your support of JDRF with a “No Sugar Added” bracelet… or three, or four. They’re meant to be worn together and at a price point of just $5, stylishly supporting JDRF doesn’t have to come at a major cost!

Visit the Pura Vida Bracelets website to purchase your JDRF Pura Vida bracelet!

For more ways to shop and support JDRF, visit the JDRF Dallas website for more promotions.

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

Join the Dallas Ride Team Now | No Experience Necessary!

June 6, 2012

It’s not too late to join one of the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes events! Hurry and join now… NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Pick your distance, raise money, make new friends, and have fun. Help us continue to build the Greater Dallas Team! Challenge yourself whether you are T1D or you are riding for someone else, you are raising hope for a cure and showing that anything is possible!

The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes offers:

  • Multiple fundraising and mileage options with great incentives
  • Training with a USA Cycling certified coach
  • Beautiful ride destinations designed for riders of all fitness levels

The journey begins by traveling to one of our destination Ride locations. Meet up with fellow riders and begin a fun-filled weekend including safety seminars, planned excursions, and team building celebrations. It all leads up to the big event… Ride Day.

New Incentives!

We have an awesome incentive this year! Check out these GREAT GIFTS to choose from if you raise $1,000 over your fundraising level:

  • Apple iPod Shuffle 2GB
  • 2GB Coby Mini Camcorder
  • JDRF Ride Saddle Bag w/ Topeak Bike Tool

If you have any questions or concerns about selecting and meeting your Fundraising Package Level, please contact the Greater Dallas Ride Manager, Donna Henderson at or (214) 764-6777.

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

Inside The Pitch with Scott McCormick

June 5, 2012

Scott McCormick

By Scott McCormick, JDRF’s Chief Marketing Officer

I have to admit, when I was first approached by our LA Chapter about possible participation in AMC’s new unscripted series, The Pitch, I hesitated. As one ad agency remarked, on why they didn’t participate, “We don’t want to be mentioned next to ‘Snooki is pregnant.'”

But then I re-thought: an hour on a major network focused on T1D and JDRF’s efforts to improve lives and end this disease. Given that we channel 80% of our expenditures to research, and very little to marketing, this was an unprecedented opportunity to get our message out to a large audience that might not otherwise know about T1D and JDRF. After discussion with the production company, I was convinced that they would handle the subject matter properly. And after discussion with our senior management, I switched to my own “pitch” mode, convincing Studio Lambert that JDRF should be the only charity client on the new show.

The rest, as they say, is now DVR and iTunes download history.

The actual editing of the show went beyond my expectations of the focus it would bring to T1D and the impact it has on so many lives. I appreciate that the producers kept JDRF and T1D center stage throughout. We were able to give a new audience a better understanding of the disease and the critical need to support our efforts to end it. And even though Jeffrey, Mania and I had many “brilliant” comments that didn’t make the cut, I thought it represented JDRF as a passionate, dedicated and professional organization.

But the real bottom line is that it has generated interest and awareness among a group that had not previously been aware. And it has generated a great deal of discussion around both T1D and JDRF. If you haven’t been to it, visit the Be the voice of 1 website and read some of the comments and tweets.

Read the full blog posting on the Juvenation site.

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

JDRF’s Family Walk Teams Need You!

May 31, 2012

A Letter from Fred Cunha, Family Team Committee Chair

I am honored to inform you that once again I will proudly serve as the Family Team Committee Chair for the JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter Walk to Cure Diabetes. As you may be aware, Family Teams are the fastest growing component of the JDRF Walk, helping to raise over $40 million a year to fund the vital research to get us all closer to a cure.

Our daughter, Elise, who will be five years old just before this year’s walk, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just two days after her first birthday. Although we still have our share of bad days, we know that events like the Walk fund the research that will allow our loved ones to live longer lives with fewer complications and ultimately lead us to a cure.

I am currently accepting volunteers to serve on the Family Team Committee. Briefly, our committee members reach out to other families via phone and email to let them know about the Walk on September 29, as well as walk-related events like the Walk Kick-Off Dinner in July and the Diabetes Connect Expo in August. (Great news: we now have a web-based tool to keep track of all communications – it’s faster and easier.)

I really need your participation and support. If you cannot serve at this time, you can still help by enlisting other committee members. Grandparents with time to share, for example, are a great resource. So, please share this letter. As our committee grows, so do the research dollars!

Thanks for all you have done, and thank you, in advance, for your continued support of JDRF.

Fred Cunha
Family Team Committee Chair
JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter

The success of the Walk to Cure Diabetes is a true testament to the dedication of our sponsors, families, donors and volunteers who graciously contribute their time, energy and support. Can you join us?

Family Team Coaches help strengthen our Walk by:

  • Making a set of calls to a designated group of families (list estimated at 10-15 families per committee member) to help answer questions about the Walk
  • Encouraging participation in the Walk
  • Providing outreach and stewardship
  • Forming a Walk team
  • Sharing creative fundraising ideas

If you or someone you know would like to serve on this fun and rewarding committee or have any questions, please contact Fred Cunha at (214) 529-7774 or or Deborah Newsome, Associate Executive Director of the JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter, at (214) 217-5782 or

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Check-in: 7:30 am | Walk: 9:00 am
One Walk – Two Great Locations!
Dallas Victory Plaza @ American Airlines Center
Plano Oak Point Park @ Spring Creek Pkwy at Jupiter Rd

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

2012 Spring Issues of Top Research Highlights & Cool News

May 30, 2012

As JDRF’s most generous supporters, you are helping us to advance research to cure, better treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D). We want to share important information about recent scientific findings that your contribution has helped to make possible.

This season’s Top Research Highlights shares with you news about how JDRF is taking a number of approaches to advance science to cure, better treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D). Read about how JDRF has teamed up with iCo Therapeutics to investigate a potential new treatment for diabetic macular edema, one of the leading causes of blindness in working-age adults. We also report on an international study that aims to improve future kidney and heart health in adolescents with T1D.

In the treat and cure areas, you can learn about JDRF’s partnership with Dexcom to manufacture a “smart” technology—one that would reduce the number of devices a person would have to wear with an artificial pancreas system. And do not miss our article about exciting research that provides new insights into how T1D progresses at the early stages of the disease.

For our youth ambassadors and younger audiences, please see this season’s Cool Research News. This issue contains information about JDRF’s partnership with Dexcom and recaps the new research insights on T1D progression.

Be sure to pass these on to neighbors, co-workers, friends and family who would like to learn more about JDRF and our current research programs.

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

Life with Diabetes | Spring 2012 Issue

May 24, 2012

We welcome you to take a well-deserved break in your day to read and enjoy the spring issue of Life with Diabetes on the Countdown website. Remember to pass it on using the share link at the bottom of this story!

Spring Training: Gear up, get out, go for the gold

Gearing up to get in better shape? Whether you run, bike, wrestle, or wield a tennis racket—or even if you just want to maintain a healthy exercise routine – our “Spring Training” article has a wealth of information for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) on how to help manage blood-glucose levels during even the most strenuous workout. [Read More]


Living with Type 1 Diabetes: Kids and parents

In “Living with Type 1 Diabetes: Parents and kids,” a writer with T1D pays tribute to his own parents – and their tireless support of him after his diagnosis at age 12—as he watches his own children grow up, and lives with the hope that they will never have to face a T1D diagnosis. [Read More


New in Town: A smart approach to searching for a new doctor

Our Q&A column tackles a situation that many people with T1D encounter: finding a physician with experience in treating T1D. Our checklist of questions to ask at your first office visit will help ensure that you find the right doctor for you. [Read More]


Once you’re on the Countdown site, just look for the Life with Diabetes section in the right-hand navigation column, and enjoy the stories.

Happy reading!

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

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