Anne Whitehead gives her Pay It Forward Challenge money to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to help find a cure for the disease that affects as many as 3 million Americans. "This donation will go toward making a difference in the lives of people with type 1 diabetes," Anne says. "The JDRF has one mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research."
Anne heads to Lafayette, Louisiana, to present her donation to Becky, a JDRF representative. Becky explains why foundation-funded research is so important. "The disease requires [management] 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. A child has to get their glucose checked eight to 10 times a day, as well as receive insulin in order to continue living." Until they discover a cure, Becky says, JDRF will continue to work toward preventing complications from the disease.
Deciding how to spend the challenge money was no challenge at all, Anne says. "By donating to the JDRF, I am one of a compassionate group of people around the country determined to reach the day when we can say, 'We are the people who cured diabetes.'"