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.
March 2018 Volunteer of the Month
Teresa Ripley first got involved with JDRF in 2013 when her friend’s son, Jacob, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13. It was that year that she and her family signed up to walk in their first JDRF One Walk to help fund a cure. Teresa remembers the Mile of Hope seeing so many children and adults affected by T1D. She stated, “With my camera in hand I began to capture moments of Jacob’s Justice League and others in the walk.” Since then, Teresa has volunteered at and photographed many of JDRF’s events, big and small. Her favorite event, however, is the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala. She recalls that it’s “an amazing evening packed with live auctions, performances and lots of money raised which impacts the lives of people living with T1D. Last year’s theme was Superhero and it was epic!” When Teresa isn’t volunteering, she loves to spend time at the barn with her daughter, Hannah, and horse, Snyper, taking photos. Teresa’s best advice for someone recently diagnosed with T1D is to know that type one will NOT hold you back!
Thank you, Teresa, for all you do for JDRF and those affected with type one. We appreciate you!
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Daniel Feldkamp,August 2017
Mindi Patterson, September 2017
Dawn Bringer, October 2017
Salena Burg, November 2017
Jack Knapke, December 2017
Petra Vester, January 2018
Kate Sandfoss, February 2018