Wayne, Marty McDaniel trust leaves more than $2.4 million to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes
JDRF Southwest Ohio is receiving a major gift that will have a lasting impact on its quest to cure type 1 diabetes.
All told, the Wayne McDaniel Trust will donate more than $2.4 million to JDRF, which is the largest gift ever to JDRF Southwest Ohio and one of the largest planned gifts in JDRF history.
JDRF announced the gifts at its annual Cincinnatian of the Year Gala, this year themed “Carnivale for the Cure,” May 12 at Duke Energy Convention Center. At the gala, JDRF honored Scripps Chairman Rich Boehne as its Cincinnatian of the Year. The gala drew more than 800 guests and, in combination with the McDaniel Trust contribution, raised nearly $3.7 million. At the event, JDRF also honored its 2018 Cynthia Marver Marmer Volunteer of the Year, Mark Kacher.
Wayne McDaniel served two years as an Air Force pilot before he was diagnosed with diabetes and medically discharged. He and his wife, Marty, made a commitment to joint the Beta Society, JDRF’s planned giving program.
The McDaniels loved to travel, touring Europe, Mexico and Egypt and Canada by motorcycle, and later via cruises when Wayne’s diabetes complications affected their travel. Wayne McDaniel died in 1996 and Marty, a University of Cincinnati graduate and former nurse, died in 2017.
Upon Marty’s passing, JDRF Southwest Ohio received $125,000 from the Wayne McDaniel Trust, which the chapter is using to help kick off its Fund A Cure campaign. Fund A Cure is a live auction that goes to research. All donations go towards research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Levels range from $100 to $125,000. Marty McDaniel’s sister Peggy, along with other family, attended the gala as special guests.
“The impact of this gift emphasizes the importance of planned giving and how someone can leave a lasting legacy in making a difference in the lives of the 30,000 people who live with type 1 diabetes in this area,” JDRF Southwest Ohio Executive Director Melissa Newman said.
JDRF Southwest Ohio has led the way nationally with JDRF in recruiting Beta Society members, which is the organizations’ membership program for planned gifts, ranking No. 1 in the country in Beta Society membership for five of the past six years.
“We are honored that both Marty and Wayne thought about JDRF and included us in their estate plans, and this contribution is a record for our chapter, and one of the largest for JDRF International. It will go a long way in allowing us to fund critical research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Just a decade ago, JDRF only had five research projects in the human clinical trial stage, and today has over 60. It is transformational gifts such as these that have contributed to exciting recent advancements in research, and will continue the momentum in better treating, and ultimately curing, type 1 diabetes.”
Written by: Richard Maloney, JDRF Volunteer