Helping those with Type 1 Diabetes

I need your help!  Recently Brooks Biagini, Executive Director of the North Florida Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), contacted me to ask if I would together a basket for their upcoming Miracles in the Moonlight Gala on October 22nd.   Without hesitation I said yes.  Let me tell you why…

About a month ago someone close to my family had a daughter diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at only 1 year of age.  It was devastating to her family not only because she is the cutest, sweetest little girl, but they did not know what was wrong with her for a while and if they didn’t get her to the doctor when they did she would have gone into a diabetic coma. 

She is doing great thanks to the dedication of her mom and dad and the help of JDRF who sent out a mom who went through a similar tragedy to help their family through this tough time.  What I have learned since then is that many people diagnosed with Type I Diabetes can also have Celiac Disease.  Since learning this, Brooks has shared my blog and facebook page with some of her families who have children with Type I Diabetes and Celiac Disease. 

So will you help me fill a Gluten-Free Jacksonville basket that can be auctioned off at their gala?

What I need for the basket:

– Non-perishable food items that are “certified gluten-free”
– Gift certificates to restaurants that have gluten-free offerings and take extra precautions for those with celiac disease
– unused books or resources

I am willing to drive to you to pick them up and if you are a restaurant or grocery store I will make sure you get credit and notoriety with the basket.  Please just comment on this post and I will contact you offline to coordinate pick up!

Special thanks to PF Changs and The Veggie Bin who have already offered up gift certificates for the basket!


Filed under Giving Back

10 responses to “Helping those with Type 1 Diabetes

  1. Cathy Johnson

    Hi Jennifer,

    I plan to attend the meeting this month as a first timer. My son Connor has Type One diabetes (August 2009) and celiac disease (November 2010). I know Brooks and the girls at JDRF very well. I will bring something for the celiac gift basket to the meeting in June.

    I am also a new board member for JDRF and if you need any help with newly diagnosed families, please let me know as I would be happy to help.


  2. Cathy Johnson

    Hi Jennifer,

    I have a 6 year old son with Type One (age 4) and celiac (age 5). I will bring something for the JDRF basket to the meeting this month for the Gala basket.

    • Hi Cathy- thank you so much! Does Brooks usually attend those meetings? I can try to coordinate with her to pick up whatever you bring to the meeting. Thank you so much and I hope all is well with you and your son.

  3. S Gornto

    I will contribute some foodstuffs from Native Sun or Whole Foods.

  4. I have a few products I can donate.

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