Introducing your 2020 Fund A Cure speakers

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For 50 years, JDRF has funded nearly every major scientific breakthrough in type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.  As the global leader in T1D research, JDRF is supporting research excellence that has dramatically advanced the treatment and management of this disease and is paving the way towards remarkable progress.


None of this would have been achieved without the support of our generous donors, who endorse JDRF’s commitment to funding research that will improve the health and quality of life of over 1.6 million Americans are living with T1D, including about 200,000 youth (less than 20 years old) and more than 1 million adults (20 years old and older).


Fund A Cure (FAC) is a unique part of the gala ballroom experience. During this poignant program, guests can raise their bid cards at a wide range of giving levels, and our hope is that you consider making a FAC gift in honor of JDRF’s 50th anniversary. FAC is a special JDRF opportunity to make an impact on the lives of people living with T1D—and the gift is 100% tax deductible.




April 4, 2020  |  Adelphia’s  |  Deptford, NJ


Every year, the highlight of the South Jersey gala is hearing from FAC speakers. This year, South Jersey’s “Discovering a Cure” gala is pleased to have three strong individuals share their stories:


  • Jack Morey, who has been living with the disease for over 50 years, will offer his perspective on how far technology and treatments have come because of the research funded by JDRF.


  • Jackie Chain—whose brother, Brian Deeney, was diagnosed with T1D 32 years ago—will share how she grew up watching her brother deal with such a complex disease that affected her entire family.


  • Kelly Finger has been around T1D most of her life. She grew up with two uncles and a brother dealing with T1D, and this past summer she received the news no parent wants to hear—her 18-month-old son has T1D. Despite the shock, Kelly has hope for a future where this disease does not exist. With the help of our FAC program, she is confident that we will find the cures to this disease.


Can’t make it to the event? You can donate to Fund A Cure in honor of the South Jersey gala here.



April 18, 2020  |  Loews Philadelphia Hotel  | Philadelphia, PA


We are honored to have Bonnie O’Neil as the FAC speaker at The Promise Ball on April 18, 2020 at the Loews Hotel Philadelphia. We are Finding the Key to the Cure, and with a donation to FAC you can be part of JDRF’s story.


Bonnie is a member of the JDRF Greater Delaware Valley Chapter Board of Directors, where she also serves as the Leadership Giving Chair. She has been actively involved with JDRF—both in Philadelphia and London—since her son, Austin, was diagnosed with T1D in 2002, at age five.


Unable to attend? You can make a Fund A Cure donation in honor of the Philadelphia gala here.



April 25, 2020  |  HOTEL DU PONT  | Wilmington, DE


BE THE MOMENTUM. BE THE PROGRESS. BE THE CURE. Be there as we turn research into reality at this year’s One Night Gala in Wilmington, Delaware. During the event, you will have the opportunity to donate directly to diabetes research through FAC. The evening program will feature T1D champions Liam Brickley and Samantha Gallucio as our speakers, along with special appearances from our 2020 JDRF Youth Ambassadors.



  • Liam Brickley, diagnosed with T1D at age 2, is a member of the JDRF Greater Delaware Valley Chapter Board of Directors, where he serves as the Delaware Advocacy Chair.




  • Samantha Gallucio, diagnosed with T1D at age 17, is a former JDRF Youth Ambassador. Her family has been involved with JDRF since 2017, leading one of the largest JDRF One Walk Wilmington One Walk teams, “The Test Strips.”



Missing this year’s event? You can make a Fund A Cure donation in honor of the Delaware gala here.


For more information, please contact the JDRF Greater Delaware Valley Chapter office at