dollars against diabetes - Diabetes Research Institute

dollars against diabetes - Diabetes Research Institute

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You can be part of the CURE for a $10 minimum donation, or donate $50 and receive a mouse pad with the final CURE image!


‘DOLLARS AGAINST DIABETES’ Continued from page 1


Led by President Mark Ayers, the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO is the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s largest contributor. Inhabiting towns and cities coast-to-coast, these men and women have worked tirelessly to raise more than $45 million over the last 25 years for the cure-focused initiatives of the DRI.

The centerpiece of the campaign is a virtual mosaic that spells the word C-U-R-E. With a minimum $10 donation, you can upload a photo of your choice and submit a short story about how diabetes touches your life. Our campaign sponsors, Animas and LifeScan, will match all donations up to $25,000, making your gift to support the DRI’s cure-focused research go even further. “The Diabetes Research Institute has been making tremendous progress toward a cure for this disease, and we must keep our critical research moving forward. Everyone affected by diabetes can be part of this campaign,” said Robert A. Pearlman, Foundation president and CEO. “Tomorrow isn’t soon enough to cure the millions of children and adults living with diabetes worldwide and the only way we will get there is with continued funding. Now is not the time to slow down our research – we need everyone to participate in some way.”


Everyone who takes part in the CURE campaign will be entered into a contest for a chance to win two tickets to the concert of their choice in their local area. And, you will continue to be part of the cure when the campaign ends on December 31st! The final CURE collage image will be printed on a giant banner that will hang at the Diabetes Research Institute. With your donation of $50 or more, you'll receive a mouse pad with the final CURE image.

The second BCTD campaign is "Dollars Against Diabetes," better known as DAD's Day. The initiative began on the Father’s Day weekend of 1986 in union halls across the country and has become a holiday tradition for many families since then. Local street corner collections have now morphed into a nationwide consortium of golf tournaments, poker runs, 5Ks, and much more – all benefiting the DRI.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to keep up to date on all of the fun and to view the videos from the celebrities mentioned and many more who are lending their support to the campaign. 2

Can you talk the PEP Talk? As many of you know, the DRIF’s PEP Squad (Parents Empowering Parents) has broadened their discussions by taking “PEP Talk” to Facebook. Each Monday, the group of more than 500 members from all over the world discusses a diabetes topic. The responses range from frustrating and heart-wrenching to funny and inspiring. One thing is certain – by joining the conversation, you will make new friends who understand just how you feel. So…what are you waiting for?


WAYS TO GIVE There are so many different ways to contribute to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. Below is a short list of easy ways to give, and we have additional ideas posted on our website. Go to:

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“You don’t have to go very far to find a close, personal connection to diabetes,” Vance stated. Steve "Snoopy" Harty and the Ironworkers Local 5 showed deviation from the popular DAD’s Day golf tournaments with their annual Poker Run. Beginning in Upper Marlboro, MD, this large pack of motorcyclists rode down the East Coast, making five stops to draw poker hands. Serving as an honorary guest, Nicole Lyons, a 24-year-old who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2008, found inspiration in this effort.


sending a truly, meaningful gift to the ones you love. At, you will find a variety of beautifully-designed e-Cards, representing the holiday season, plus birthdays, anniversaries, speedy recovery and more. You can make a donation in someone’s honor or memory, and the e-Card will be sent to the email address you provide. Send a gift of hope this year!

Hailing from northern Illinois, the Will and Grundy Building Trades Council raised the most money in the 2009 DAD’s Day campaign with two events, a collection and a golf outing. Thomas Bravato of IBEW Local 176, who hosted the 2010 golf tournament in Joliet, IL, is hoping to beat last year’s total of $45,000 in contributions. Moving from the Midwest to the Northeast, another golf event held this year was the Washington D.C. Building Trades Golf Outing held in Washington, D.C. Hosted by Secretary/Treasurer Vance Ayers, this tournament has been held at Twin Shields golf course for decades.

Search “PEP Squad Group” on Facebook to join. And since this page is about and for you, please feel free to suggest a topic for the Monday discussion. Email [email protected]

HOLIDAY E-CARDS You can avoid holiday shopping and “go green” at the same time while

This remarkable amount has been raised through two of Project Type Zero’s primary programs. The first is the BCTD’s national outreach effort, the Labor of Love Golf Tournament. The 26th Annual event will be held February 26, 2011 at Disney's Magnolia Golf Course in Orlando, Florida.

“While playing (poker) for a grand prize was fun, it was evident that the participants weren’t playing to win, but rather to support a cause – my cause, type 1 diabetes,” she said. 4

Along with Nicole, the DRI and Foundation are inspired by the hard work and dedication shown by BCTD members across the country year-after-year. To keep up on Project Type Zero and its DAD’s Day and Labor of Love initiatives, visit

1. Will and Grundy Building Trades Golf Outing, 2. DC Building Trades Annual Dad's Day Golf 3. Ironworkers Local 5 2010 Dad's Day Poker Run., 4. Honored Guest Nicole Lyons hops on the back of Steve "Snoopy" Harty's motorcycle to kick off the Poker Run in Maryland

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