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                    March E-News

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We hope you'll take a few minutes to catch up on all things JDRF. There's a lot going on including an upcoming Fresh Market Wine Tasting, Antique Car Show, Jacksonville Fashion Week, Restaurant Spirit Nights, a Support Group at Nemours and of course the Walk to Cure Diabetes!

The 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes is NEXT MONTH: Saturday, April 13 in Jacksonville and Saturday, April 20 in Tallahassee. Be sure to REGISTER NOW at if you haven't done so already!

In addition to the exciting fundraisers and outreach taking place, we have some great research updates to share in this e-news edition. Research is in fact, why we continue to raise the money we do - because JDRF is truly dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Please be sure to read all about the latest T1D research news below.

Thanks for your continued support! We value you as a partner and as a friend to our organization. We couldn't do what we do without your help. Please keep it up and THANK YOU! And, as a reminder, if you aren't already friends with JDRF North Florida on Facebook or Twitter, be sure to "like" or "follow" us today and receive the most timely updates and latest news.   
Brooks Biagini, Lauren Setzer & Pam Williams
JDRF North Florida Staff 
Can you Volunteer
for the Walk to
Cure Diabetes?

JDRF is in need of enthusiastic volunteers to help out on the morning of the Jacksonville Walk to Cure Diabetes, Saturday, April 13th! Positions vary from water stop volunteers to registration, food distribution, set up and more!
Anyone is welcome... and we will offer volunteer hours to students needing community service. Please email or volunteer lead to sign up! 


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The Jacksonville Walk to Cure Diabetes is less than 6 weeks away!


Register Now at



 Presented by: 

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Thank you to the following sponsors already committed:  

Balfour Beatty Rail, Claude Nolan Cadillac, Coastal Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort, CPR- Cell Phone Repair and Gadget Tech, Crowley Maritime Corporation, DuBow Family Foundation, Family Care Partners, Florida Blue, HDR One Company, Liberty Tax Service, Lender Processing Services, Miller Electric Company, Northeast Florida Endocrine & Diabetes Associates, Nemours Children's Clinic, Raymond James, Seaonus and Portus, and  

TSG Realty

  • Team Captains: Look out for information on our first ever "Team Week," running from March 11 - March 15. Each day during team week, you'll have a chance to win awesome prizes!
  • Our online Facebook T-shirt contest is now open! See how to participate by clicking here!
  • Interested in ordering a special JDRF cape for the Walk? Capes are $15 for adults and $10 for kids with $5 going back to JDRF. Email volunteer Leahan Mayer at to order.    
Jacksonville Fashion Week
is Supporting JDRF!

Jax Fashion Week

Jacksonville Fashion Week is a 4-day, multi-event fashion production featuring local, regional, and national designers. This year, JDRF, along with Dignity U Wear and Wolfson Children's Hospital, is a beneficiary of the event taking place March 27-30! JDRF will be the highlighted charity on "Accessory Night," Thursday, March 28th. Please purchase a ticket for that night and come out and show your support! Tickets for the Accessory night (and all other events) can be purchased online here. To learn more about Jacksonville Fashion Week and see the full schedule click here.

There will also be a Pre-Event Private Shopping Kick-Off at Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th on Friday, March 15th. Tickets for that are $15 at the door and 100% of ticket sales will go back to the charities. More info on the Kick-Off can be found by clicking here!
Details on Upcoming Kingsland Car Show
On Saturday, March 16th, crowds will gather in downtown Antique carsKingsland, GA for an antique car show where all of the proceeds of the event will benefit JDRF North Florida! Perks include Goody Bags, Event T-shirts & Dash Plaques to the first 100 Participants, 57 Trophies, Door Prizes, FREE Admission, and FREE Entertainment. 

Click here to view more details. And, if you have an antique/unique car to put on display, please email Board Member Angela McManigal at  
TrialNet Screenings at the Walk to Cure Diabetes ... Pathway to Prevention


Trial NetThe TrialNet team from Nemours Jacksonville will be offering TrialNet study screenings for relatives of people with type 1 diabetes at the Walk to Cure Diabetes on April 13th. The test could detect an increased risk for type 1 diabetes up to ten years before symptoms appear. If family members are unable
to attend the Walk, they may be screened at the clinic. Call Kim Englert at: 904-697-3056.

The TrialNet team from the University of Florida will also be present at the Tallahassee Walk to Cure Diabetes!
Tallahassee Talk!
Red Elephant Pizza will be hosting a "Share Event" to benefit JDRF on Wednesday, March 13th at both Tallahassee locations. Come out and enjoy dinner with family or friends and 15% of your order will go to support Crew's Crusaders and the Tallahassee Walk to Cure Diabetes! This "Share Event" is good for dine in or carry out. Just be sure to tell your server you are there to support JDRF. Click Here to see the Flier.

IMAX eventOn February 16th, JDRF in partnership with Tallahassee Memorial Hospital held an Outreach event at the IMAX with a special showing of The Incredibles with over 100 attendees! Click here to view photos!

Has your team registered for the Walk on April 20th at Tallahassee Community College? If not, please register now at

If you have already registered, you should be on your way toward achieving your fundraising goals! Log back in at and take advantage of using your account to send out emails to recruit more walkers and fundraise! Do you need ideas on how to raise money for your team?


Have you started designing your shirt for this year's t-shirt contest? A winning team shirt will be chosen on Walk day, so remember to submit an extra one at registration for the judges!



Diabetes Research Corner
Submitted by Research Information Volunteer:
Anastasia Albanese-O'Neill Anastasia

Artificial pancreas systems will enable children and adults with type 1 diabetes to achieve tighter blood glucose control, while avoiding highs and dangerous lows of T1D. This will ultimately reduce the risk of acute and long-term complications. In addition to insulin-only devices, researchers are now developing and testing artificial pancreas systems that also use glucagon, a hormone that is produced in the body that naturally raises blood glucose levels. However, glucagon, which signals the liver to release glycogen into the blood stream, is not regulated properly in people with T1D. People with type 1 diabetes currently use glucagon to treat severe hypoglycemia with a glucagon rescue kit. In JDRF funded artificial pancreas studies, researchers have designed pumps that hold both insulin and glucagon. In these "dual chamber" devices, a low blood sugar can be treated by slowing down or switching off insulin delivery or by delivering a small dose of glucagon.

In a recent study, Dr. Edward Damiano's team at Boston University and collaborators at Massachusetts General Hospital conducted in-hospital studies to determine whether safe and effective blood sugar control could be achieved in T1D using an automated artificial pancreas system that delivered both glucagon and insulin in response to readings from a continuous glucose monitor. Six subjects with T1D were enrolled in two experiments each lasting more than two days and included six high-carbohydrate meals and exercise as challenges to blood sugar control.   The average blood sugar concentration in the study was 158 mg/dL, with 68% of the values in the range of 70-180 mg/dL. Hypoglycemia (blood sugar below 70 mg/dL) was rare, with only eight incidents during 576 hours of system control (0.7% of total time). During 192 hours of nighttime control, the average blood sugar level was 123 mg/dL, with 93% of blood sugar values in the range of 70-180 mg/dL and only one episode of mild low blood sugar where the blood glucose decreased to 62 mg/dL. These promising results showed excellent blood sugar control with minimal hypoglycemia over two days despite high-carbohydrate meals and exercise.  The next step will be to test the system outside of the hospital under real-life conditions.      


Tremendous advances are being made with the Artificial Pancreas project. Just last week, the APP made national news. Click here to read. 

The Artificial Pancreas project, is something you will hear a lot about in the weeks, months and years to come. Know that when you hear about advances being made, this is thanks to your contributions to JDRF at work!  


Tom Brobson JDRF
Spotlight on Two Vendors who will be at the upcoming Jacksonville Walk
my best health partner
Provectus Health Strategies and My Best Health Partner is new to the JDRF Walk. Provectus specializes in personally assisting individuals diagnosed with diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2). My Best Health Partner™ is designed to help you and your doctors improve your health and, at times, save you money. Learn more at or look for them at the Jacksonville Walk under the Vendor Tent. If you are interested in enrolling in My Best Health Partner™, include the promo code JDRFJAX so a $5 month contribution can go back to JDRF! 



Coastline Federal Credit Union will also be out at the Walk under the Vendor tent. They'll be handing out sunglasses and will have superhero cut-outs for photo opportunities! Thanks, Coastline for your continued support of JDRF!


Interested in showcasing you company at the Jacksonville Walk? Email today!



Mark Your Calendar for these Fabulous Upcoming Events
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Monday, March 11 -
Friday, March 15
"Team Week"
Our first ever Walk to Cure Diabetes "Team Week" will be taking place from March 11- March 15. All team captains will receive an email this Thursday with details on how your company can win prizes, including a grand prize of a 32'' flat screen TV donated by Bekins A1 Movers. If someone from your company has not yet registered for the Walk as a team captain, please remember to do so now at!

Thursday, March 14 
Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
Head over to Chick-Fil-A at Beach and Hodges between 5:30-7:30pm for a Spirit Night to benefit Walk team Rachel's Soaring Eagles! Or, if you can't make it during those hours, please come throughout the day and place your Chickfil-A receipts into the JDRF Bucket by the register and Chick-fil-A will give back a portion to JDRF!   

Antique cars
Saturday, March 16: 
"Kingsland Car Show" to benefit JDRF 
Head up to Kingsland, GA for an antique car show starting at 8am in Downtown Kingsland! Please click here to view details on attending or sponsoring. Email Angela to display your antique/unique vehicle!
Fresh Market
Thursday, March 21:
"Fresh Market Wine Tasting in Mandarin" 
Due to popular demand with our fall Fresh Market wine tasting in Ponte Vedra, JDRF has added a spring location too! Join us at The Fresh Market in Mandarin from 8-10pm for an evening of prime rib, shrimp cocktail and other delightful hors d' oeuvres as well as distinctive cheeses and up to a 15% discount on wine purchases. Perfect evening out for our adult T1D group and parents of T1D's. Purchase your ticket for $25 online now at
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Wednesday, March 27 - Saturday, March 30
"Jacksonville Fashion Week"
Make plans to take part in Jacksonville Fashion Week where JDRF will be receiving a portion of proceeds. Click here for official schedule and click here to purchase tickets today! Be sure to attend the Accessory Night on Thursday, March 28th for JDRF's official night -- we'd love to have your support! Tickets for that night are $15. Designer, Sandra Alford will be showing a dress created with the help of children with Type 1 Diabetes and Megan Henderson, model with T1D will be wearing it that evening! Thanks to JFW for your support and we hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 2nd
 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
"T1D Connections
Support Group"
Families with children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes & Professional staff of the Division of Endocrinology are invited to attend a Type 1 Diabetes support and educational group meeting at Nemours Children's Clinic on the 10th Floor in the Auditorium on April 2nd from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Bob Hawkinson, author of the Joy of Diabetes will be a special guest for this meeting. For additional questions and to RSVP please contact Kathy Kerins, LCSW at (904) 697-3031 or email her here.   
PLAYER'S Tickets at Lowest Rate Possible
  Did you Know
Chip In For Youth allows you to purchase tickets for THE PLAYER'S Championship early, at the very lowest discounted rate possible, while supporting JDRF at the same time!

You'll want to take advantage of this offer by purchasing a ticket for only $40 and having $25 of those dollars benefit JDRF!

CLICK here to PURCHASE and make sure to choose JDRF from the drop down box!

GREAT for Corporate group ticket purchases as well!

JDRF has a Group Rate for Disney on Ice Tickets

DIsney on Ice

Disney On Ice Group tickets are available through JDRF for the April 4th and 5th shows at 7:30 p.m. If you are interested in purchasing tickets for $7 each, please email Brooks Biagini at and let her know the number of tickets you want to purchase. A check or cash will be due before tickets are distributed and final orders for tickets will be placed on March 13th. This is not a JDRF sponsored event, however we wanted to offer the discounted rate tickets to families that SMG has made available.  
Raising Funds for JDRF Across Town!

The followings businesses are selling JDRF paper sneakers throughout March:

  • Hot Dog Hut at Jax Beach  
  • Jack's Cleaners at Beach and Hodges
  • The Wax Strip at Beach and Hodges
  • FROG Yogurt at Atlantic and San Pablo
  • Orange Tree at Beach and Hodges
  • CPR- Cell Phone Repair and Gadget Tech at Beach and Hodges  
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  • Harris Teeter in Fernandina Beach is participating in a Nationwide Community Card Campaign where at
    point of purchase, customers will be asked to donate $1, $3, or $5


Important Board Member News

Libby Kelly
Thanks so much to Libby Kelly for recently assuming the role of Media and Communications Chair for the JDRF North Florida Chapter.

Troy Smith
Thanks so much to Troy Smith for recently assuming the role of V.P. Corporate Development for the JDRF North Florida Chapter.

The JDRF North Florida Board of Directors is comprised of about 30 individuals working to help meet the goals of our Chapter. If you are interested in learning more about  
becoming a board member with the Chapter or submitting a nomination, please Click Here to complete the form or email Brooks Biagini.
Contact Information
JDRF North Florida Chapter
9700 Philips Highway, Suite 106
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone (904) 739-2101 or Fax (904) 739-2693