Letter to the Editor
As a (Type 1 Diabetic) (family member of a Type 1 Diabetic), I write to bring awareness to the state of type 1 diabetes cure research in America. With more than 1.2 million Type 1 diabetics suffering from this incurable disease, the progress towards a cure needs to be accelerated. While much has been accomplished by non-profit fundraising and advocacy groups such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and American Diabetes Association (ADA), it is my belief and the belief of others suffering this illness, that more can be done.
As reported by the Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance (JDCA), a watchdog non-profit for the Type 1 diabetic donor community, spending for cure research has declined dramatically since 2008. Currently, the JDRF generates an annual income of $197 million, but only 38% of it is being dedicated to research. JDRF research grant funding has dropped from $156 million in 2008 to $75 million in 2016. Additionally, while the ADA generates an annual income of $171 million, only 3% is put towards T1D research. This dramatic decline in research spending over the past decade is both concerning and disheartening.
I believe we, as a diabetic community, can do more! Beginning with a return to the 2008 levels of research funding, these organizations can, and should, work harder to reflect the desires of the population that they serve. While the work that these organizations do is laudable and has resulted in many successes, additional resources devoted to cure and Practical Cure research will further the cause of allowing those suffering from diabetes to live disease-free, once and for all.
I encourage your readers to help support the JDCA's efforts to devote a greater percentage of funding where it matters most—finding a cure for T1D. In its third year, the JDCA More for a Cure Petition sends this clear message to both JDRF and the ADA. I ask that those affected by diabetes and, others who care about a cure, sign and share the petition at petitionforacure.thejdca.org. Stand up and let these organizations know, a cure is needed NOW! Your voice and signature can make all the difference in moving us closer to a world free of type 1 diabetes.