Each month, the JDRF Southwest Ohio staff recognizes a special volunteer who goes above and beyond in supporting the chapter and is a positive ambassador for the organization.
December 2017 Volunteer of the Month
Jack Knapke started volunteering with JDRF in 2005 for the JDRF One Walk Kings Island when he was team captain for one of many Ford Kings Island Teams. Little did he know that four years later his son, Josh (now 17), would be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Since then, Jack Knapke and his family have continued to volunteer and stay involved with JDRF Southwest Ohio. Jack’s favorite JDRF event is the Ford Family Funfest because “while it takes a bit of coordination, it’s great to see Ford coworkers, their friends and neighbors outside the work environment – all having a good time while supporting JDRF.” When asked about his most memorable JDRF moment, Jack stated that it was hard to pick one but that this year’s TypeOneNation Summit (TONS) was great; he especially enjoyed Adam Brown’s “Bright Spots and Landmines” seminar. Jack would like to thank the many Ford/UAW co-workers that assist in the Ford Sharonville JDRF team every year. To anyone recently diagnosed, he would tell you to stay positive and seek help from others. He recalls spending their first few days at Children’s Hospital, “and while devastating, it was clear that Josh was one of the healthier children there. And thanks to JDRF, T1D controls and advancements towards cures are advancing at an incredible pace.”
Thank you, Jack for all you do for JDRF and for helping us turn type 1 into type none!
Jenn Mosier, July 2017
Daniel Feldkamp,August 2017
Mindi Patterson, September 2017
Dawn Bringer, October 2017
Salena Burg, November 2017