JDRF Chairman, D.Phil student at Keble College. It was a great honour to become Chairman of JDRF 30 years after I played a small part, as a lawyer at Slaughter and May, in its incorporation. I was diagnosed with type 1 three years later and joined the Board in 2013, when I retired from the firm, who are still our legal advisers. There have been, and continue to be, great advances in the treatment of type 1 and JDRF has a proud record of supporting the research that plays such a vital part. Type 1 nevertheless remains a chronic and as yet incurable condition, with irritating and restricting lifestyle adjustments as well as the risk of serious complications, both in the short and long term - and however well blood glucose levels are managed. A cure would offer relief not only to those of us with the condition but also to our families from the stresses and strains that accompany living, directly or indirectly, with the condition.
JDRF Treasurer, Executive Committee Member, Partner at PwC with a focus on Distressed Financial Restructuring, and a Chartered Accountant. I have type 1 diabetes and was diagnosed over 40 years ago. I am now starting to confront some of the wider medical issues arising from having had type 1 for an extended period and realistically, given my age, I don't see a personal benefit from a type 1 cure. However I feel very passionate about achieving a cure so that others do not have to deal with managing that delicate blood sugar level balance, or cope with the consequences when it goes wrong. This extends beyond those who have type 1 to all those who love and live with them. If we can put a man on the moon...
Chief Executive Officer of Aon Benfield, JDRF Board Director - My daughter Julia was diagnosed with type 1 aged just four years old on 14 January 2002. My family and I choose to support JDRF because of its focus on type 1 medical research and its commitment to drive and deliver improvements in treatment until we find the cure for type 1 diabetes. I believe the JDRF global research programme is the best hope for the cure and for a future for Julia without type 1. I do all I can personally and professionally to help JDRF, and I am proud to be a member of the Board.
Client Lead, Ogilvy Healthworld, JDRF Board Director - My son, Sam, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged nine. I can hardly bear to imagine life without type 1 and the constant strain and worry of blood glucose control. The cure would mean everything.
Managing Director, Corporate Strategic Initiatives PMO at BNY Mellon. JDRF Board Director - Both my niece and nephew were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in their teenage years and I saw at close hand the dramatic effect this had on their lives and that of my sister. A cure would mean a world free of constant worry for all who have to manage this chronic and life-changing condition. I choose to support JDRF because of its laser-like focus and commitment to finding the cure and am honoured to sit on its board.
James M Lurie
Corporate Attorney and Partner at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP, JDRF Board Director - My brother and niece both have type 1 diabetes. The cure would be a dream come true for our family, the completion of a sacred promise I made to my brother and parents that I wouldn’t stop until a cure is found. Not to have to worry about complications, about daily shots and blood testing. To see the smile on my niece’s face that she no longer has to worry about any of these things. But what will be the cure? What ‘cures’ my brother and niece and others with type 1 diabetes may necessitate different remedies and then how do we be make sure that my and my brother’s grandchildren don’t become afflicted with type 1 diabetes? The research must go on. We need your help. There is a cure out there and together we can and will find it.
Editorial Director of The Sunday Times and Chair of Women in Journalism - My twin god-daughters have type 1 and a childhood friend died from its complications so the science of how we can make life safer and easier for those who have the condition has long been a passion of mine. I am dedicated to working with JDRF and am proud to be putting my professional, political and social contacts to good use in order to raise awareness of type 1 and ultimately find the cure.
Senior Corporate Lawyer, Partner at Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, JDRF Board Director - My daughter, Clare, has type 1 diabetes. A cure would mean a normal life for thousands of people, young and old, afflicted by this difficult and random condition.
Sue Whelan Tracy
Former Marketing and Customer Engagement Director at Barclays Retail and Business Banking, JDRF Board Director - My daughter developed type 1 in 2011. She was 11 years old. I support JDRF because I believe a cure is within reach and that JDRF is brilliantly placed to make a difference to the speed of that cure, by both raising money and expertly selecting the best research for funding. For my daughter and the millions of others with type 1 globally, a cure will mean the end to multiple blood tests, injections and unpleasant sensations and routines daily. Moreover, it will lift the emotional burden and at times overwhelming anxiety of coping with the risk or actuality of life threatening complications, resetting the dial from 'challenging' to 'normal' for families everywhere.
Managing Partner of Fried Frank in London, and Board Director JDRF. My daughter Madeleine was diagnosed with type 1 in February 2006 aged nine. Since that day we have lived with the struggles and emotions of diabetes on a daily basis. A cure to type 1 would give her, and the many like her, an end to the nightmare that they currently endure, and hope for their future. I believe that investing our time and efforts in JDRF is the best way to help with the vital research that might lead us to find improvements in the treatment of diabetes and ultimately to its cure.