Type 1 Diabetes and Team JDRF

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that impacts millions of people around the world.

The disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin, a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Without insulin, glucose from food stays in the blood, where it can cause serious damage to all of the body’s organs.

Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.

With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.

Team JDRF to Cure Diabetes campaigns and events give you the chance to raise money for JDRF—the leading global organization funding T1D research—while doing something you love. Your participation will help accelerate progress toward improving lives and curing T1D. Together, we can create a world without T1D.