Type 1 diabetes (T1D) hits close to home for my family as our son Zach, 23, was diagnosed at just ten months old and our daughter Ava, 19, was diagnosed at 12 years old. As you can imagine, my wife and I were devastated. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to have your two-year-old ask “Daddy, please take my diabetes away.” Zach and Ava both check their blood sugar 10-12 times a day, that is 10-12 pricks on their fingers every day. They are both on insulin pumps and Ava is also on the continuous glucose monitor. My children are amazing managers of their diabetes, and both are doing well thanks to the research and technology funded by JDRF.  

I hope you will join me in the 2021 JDRF Tee Up to Cure Diabetes Golf Classic being held in-person on Monday, July 19, 2021, at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, RI. This Golf Classic has played a critical role in these advancements, raising $1.8 million since its inception in 2001. I truly believe we will find a cure in their lifetime, and it is my hope that you will help us once again in our efforts to create a world without T1D. 

I want to thank everyone for their support of last year’s virtual event. I am delighted to be serving in my 20th year as Chairman of the event, and while we missed being together last year, we are thrilled to continue the tradition and come together this summer.   

Visit bit.ly/JDRFGolf2021 to register today! 

JDRF remains committed to the health and safety of all our donors, sponsors, and participants, and will be making the necessary precautions to be COVID-19 compliant. Whether joining us with a foursome or making a 100% tax-deductible donation through Fund A Cure–your support is appreciated.   

Chris Librizzi  | Chairman, JDRF Tee Up to Cure Diabetes Golf Classic