The Baytown diabetes gala held its annual event marking the 17th year that is has been able to raise money for education and research to one day find a cure for juvenile diabetes. 

This year’s event was held Jan. 25 at the Royal Sonesta in Houston. 

“Many of the gala sponsors have been supporting since the beginning,” said Laurie Terry, president of the Baytown chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “This gala was exciting because we were able to net $73,000. Our board was created and is still led by people with a personal connection to diabetes and are the driving force behind JDRF initiatives such as funding for clinical trials, advocating for faster regulatory approval of new devices for diabetics or partnering with a company on research that might not otherwise receive funding. Every decision JDRF makes is driven by its commitment to achieving a world without diabetes.”

JDRF is the leader in research leading to a cure for type 1 diabetes in the world. The highest priorities for JDRF remain funding research to deliver a cure for diabetes and its complications. The goals are to help those with diabetes live healthier lives now and in the future and to seek ways of preventing the development of the disease for future generations. 

In Baytown, the JDRF assists with a support group for patients and families with diabetes.  

“A number of families in the Baytown area reach out to JDRF to help those newly diagnosed with diabetes as well as others who have had the disease for some time,” said Terry. “Our Baytown board members are excited to be a part of an organization that is helping those impacted in our community and JDRF has provided millions of dollars for diabetic research occurring in the Houston Medical Center.”

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