Voting Open for ‘Our Everyday Heroes’ Paint Scheme Contest; Children with Type 1 Diabetes Raising Funds through Votes

DEARBORN, Mich., March 28, 2013—You can join the fight to stop type 1 diabetes now in the “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest for JDRF, hosted by Ford Customer Service Division and its brands Motorcraft and Quick Lane.

More than 40 children ages 5-18 living with type 1 diabetes from around the country are raising funds now until May 3, 2013 at in the hopes of making the Top 10 and advancing to the finals, where voting continues until May 28, 2013. The winning entry will be chosen by FCSD, JDRF and Bob Tasca, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car in the NHRA Mello Yello Series.

“If you want to see a 300 mph Ford Mustang Funny Car in hearts, super heroes or camouflage, you have your chance. Vote now,” said Mary Lou Quesnell, director of marketing for FCSD. “The children who entered our contest this year did a phenomenal job. We have plenty of creative entries to vote for.”

Every child who enters raises money for JDRF by asking their friends and family to “vote” through donations for research toward preventing, better treating, and ultimately curing type 1 diabetes.

The winner will see the car that he or she designed race at speeds faster than 300 mph at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, June 28-30, 2013.

In 2012, Libby Ledford, 11, of Stanton, Mich. raised $1,915 in the contest that gave her the racing experience of a lifetime. The 5-foot-4, four-sport athlete was born into a drag racing family, but never dreamed she’d see her own artwork on an NHRA Funny Car.

Ford Motor Company’s relationship with JDRF spans three decades. In 2008, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Racing joined the effort. In five years, the race car design contest has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for JDRF, the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research.

In T1D, the body’s pancreas stops producing enough insulin, a hormone that is needed to turn food into energy. People with T1D must 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.


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About JDRF
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.

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