DEARBORN, Mich., April 4, 2012—Children around the country with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are anxiously waiting to see how much money their “Our Everyday Heroes” race car designs will raise to fund the disease they all live with.
For the fifth consecutive year, Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) has partnered with JDRF to host a race car design contest. This year’s theme is a patriotic one that honors Everyday Heroes—from those who serve the United States in the military, fire, or police forces to children who soldier on every day with a disease that has no known cause or cure.
In T1D, the body’s pancreas stops producing enough insulin, a hormone that is needed to turn food into energy. People with T1D must currently monitor their blood sugar levels and administer insulin via shots or an insulin pump, multiple times every day. Even vigilant management does not ward against T1D complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, and amputation. JDRF is the largest charitable funder of research toward preventing, better treating, and curing T1D and its complications.
“This year’s contest is all about honoring those who make sacrifices every day,” said Mary Lou Quesnell, Director of Marketing, Ford Customer Service Division. “We at FCSD and Tasca Racing are honored to show our support by putting a national spotlight on this great cause. We encourage you to vote early and often!”
Vote now on the JDRF website at http://www.jdrf.org/ford. Voting ends at 12 a.m. ET on Memorial Day (Monday, May 28)—fitting, given the contest’s patriotic theme.
The winning child will receive the July 4th trip of a lifetime. He or she will participate in a special unveiling in Toledo, Ohio on July 5, 2012 before the race and watch up close as Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car team competes in the NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio that weekend.
The contest has raised more than $250,000 for diabetes research since 2008 with help from Tasca Racing and Wood Brothers Racing, and from drivers like Tasca, Trevor Bayne, and Bill Elliott.
“We are so grateful to have the support of Ford and Tasca Racing for the fifth year through its fun, memorable, and meaningful FCSD Race Car Design Contest,” said Mania Boyder, executive vice president of development for JDRF. “Not only does the contest help fund critical research toward preventions, better treatments, and a cure for type 1 diabetes; it is also a wonderful way to honor the people who must live with this complex and difficult disease, who are true heroes every day.”
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JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.
Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.