Martin Gilmore and his wife Susan
were Co-Chairs of the Piedmont Triad
Hope Gala in 2013.
Martin Gilmore is a focused professional and dedicated father who is “in the game” until JDRF has accomplished its vision of creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).
Why JDRF? Martin’s daughter, Margaret, was diagnosed with T1D in 2007 and for the past seven years he has raised the bar when it comes to JDRF corporate engagement and fundraising in North Carolina.
Location: JDRF Piedmont Triad Chapter
Volunteer Involvement: Chapter Board President,Chapter Board Member, VP of Fundraising and Development, Corporate Co-Chair of the Piedmont Triad Chapter Hope Gala, 2009 Chapter Volunteer of the Year In 2007, the day after attending the JDRF Hope Gala in North Carolina, Martin and his wife made a devastating discovery. Their active, energetic, 14 year old daughter had been struggling with the exact same symptoms they had heard so much about at the Gala. They took their daughter to the hospital and she was diagnosed with T1D that very next day. Since then, Martin has committed his time, energy and resources, helping his local chapter fundraise and engage partners at the corporate level.
For Martin, a cure would be a beautiful thing but he understands that we have a lot of work to do before we get there. He is encouraged by encapsulated cell therapy replacement, advances that could potentially change Margaret’s life, allowing her to go 24 months without the management burden the now 21 year old lives with daily.
“Between his sharp business acumen and his compelling dedication to finding a cure for his daughter, Martin has had valuable impact on maximizing the amount raised for diabetes research.” – Michael Conrad, JDRF Piedmont Triad Chapter executive director