JDF Central Florida Chapter

updated April 11, 1997

The Central Florida Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDF) is located in Casselberry. We join with other JDF affiliates in the United States and throughout the world in our mission to fund research to find the cause, prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes and its complications. The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation gives more money directly to diabetes research than any other non-governmental agency in the world.

The Central Florida JDF Chapter serves Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties and surrounding areas. We are located at 266 Wilshire Boulevard, STE 151, Casselberry, FL 32707. To reach us, call (407) 331-2873 or you can fax us at (407) 260-0898 or e-mail us at JDFCentFL@aol.com.

There are many ways for you to help find a cure for diabetes. Please contact us to become involved in any of the events and programs detailed here, or just call us for more information.

FORE! for JDF...Our 2nd Annual Lou Holtz Celebrity Golf Invitational will be held at Disney’s new Celebration Golf Club on Monday, May 19th. The event will be hosted by former University of Notre Dame Head Football Coach Lou Holtz. All foursomes will be paired with a local or national celebrity. Don’t delay, reservations will be filled on a first come, first served basis. There will be a 50/50 Closest to the Pin Contest, four holes for you to try your luck at hitting a hole-in-one for a great prize, a Putting Contest and a Longest Drive contest. There will also be great raffle prizes and a sports memorabilia auction. Plan on yelling FORE!

You Are Not Alone, We Are Here For You...The Central Florida Chapter of JDF offers a Parents’ Support Group to parents and friends of children who live with diabetes. This group hosts monthly programs with on-site child care. These programs include research updates, panel discussions with doctors, diabetes camp information and special interest topics such as teens with diabetes and counseling issues. The Parents’ Support Group also hosts monthly children’s social activities and holiday parties at Halloween and Easter that are truly fun for the whole family. The Group also pairs newly diagnosed families with families who are willing to share their knowledge and experience to further provide support. We all imagine a world without diabetes, until there is one we are here for you - call today to get on our mailing list and find out about our next meeting.

Third Time is a Charm... Waston Realty on State Road 434 will be hosting their 3rd Annual Rummage Sale to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The event will take place on Saturday, May 10th beginning at 8:00 am. Plan on attending and pick up a few bargains on the items you’ve been looking for!

Bikers for a Cure...Join JDF in its inaugural Bikers for a Cure event...a motorcycle run for diabetes research. "Your feet will never hit the ground" on this police escorted non-stop ride from Sea World of Florida to Daytona USA. Participants will receive a whole host of benefits, but the highlight of the day should be the parade lap all participants will be able to take on the historic Daytona International Speedway. Participants will also receive a commemorative patch, lunch and admission to Daytona USA for the day. All bikes will also be eligible for entry into a Bike Show with great prizes and awards!

How Would You Like to Donate $91 Million To Cure Diabetes? It Won’t Cost You A Dime!!!...Our request to you is very simple. We ask that you call the Central Florida Chapter Office and volunteer to become a JDF advocate. In turn JDF will periodically send you brief Legislative Updates and Legislative Alerts to provide you with the information necessary to contact Members of Congress and seek their support in our efforts to find a cure for diabetes. Locally, we need people to contact Senator Bob Graham (D), Senator Connie Mack (R), Rep. Corrine Brown (D - 3rd District), Rep. Cliff Stearns (R - 6th District), Rep. John Mica (R - 7th District), Rep. Bill McCollum (R - 8th District) and Rep. David Weldon (R - 15th District).

Are Your Shoes Made For Walkin’?...It’s never too early to start planning for JDF’s Walk for the Cure, scheduled for Saturday, November 1, 1997. Our 1996 event drew over 3,100 individual and team walkers and raised over $305,000! That makes the Walk for the Cure the most successful fund raising walk-a-thon in Central Florida. This year’s Orlando Walk will be held at a new site - the RDV SportsPlex in Maitland and promises to be the biggest and best walk yet. Due to the success of our Walk in Orlando, we are also adding a new Walk site in Brevard County. Viera and the Space Coast Stadium will be the site of the inaugural event! Mike Means, President and CEO of Health First will be serving as Corporate Recruitment Chair for the Brevard County event at the beginning of November. If you are interested in joining the ever growing group of teams representing corporations, clubs, organizations and unions that support the area’s largest fall walk-a-thons, call us today.

Honor a Loved One...Honor someone you love or remember somebody you miss by supporting vital research needed to find a cure for diabetes. Your donation to JDF in memory of a friend or loved on or in honor of a joyous event – a birth, wedding, anniversary, graduation, anniversary – will help advance our search for a cure. We will send you an acknowledgment and send a card telling of your gift to the individual or family that you specify the same day we receive your gift.

Mail Order Pharmacy Benefits Diabetes Research... JDF is proud to announce the opening of Fifty 50 Pharmacy, a mail order diabetes supply and prescription drug source benefiting diabetes research. Life is hectic enough - make getting supplies easier. Discover the convenience, selection and quality of Fifty 50. Imagine getting all your favorite supplies from one place, and knowing they will always be available. No more last minute trips to the store for test strips, insulin or syringes. Imagine never having to fill out another insurance claim form; or waiting on your insurance company to reimburse you for purchases. You will be helping to find a cure for diabetes every time you shop with Fifty 50, because half of all profits earned by Fifty 50 are donated right back to the chapter. Call 1-800-SHOP-5050 to sign up or receive more information.

Looking For A Cause to Benefit... Many companies find fun and creative ways to benefit JDF through their normal course of business. Whether contributing the fees from their annual company golf outing, professional seminars for clients or prospects or even Friday "casual days," these kinds of "third party events" really make a difference. Call us if you have an idea on how your company can help advance the cure.



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