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Even before our son, Peter’s, type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis in 2014, our family ethos centered around the central theme of grit: DO THE RIGHT THING, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS FAIR, and NEVER, EVER, EVER QUIT.

As we sat with Peter on a hospital bed in Massachusetts General Hospital discussing with our diabetic nurse educator that we were forever going to have to count the number of goldfish crackers, measure/weigh pasta and rice, and plan all activities around blood sugar readings in order to dose the proper amount of insulin, the weight of a lifelong disease pressed heavily on our shoulders. To cope with this weight and to set a path for healthy life-long habits, we pragmatically accepted what was ahead of us and revised our family motto to include: WE JUST NEED TO TAKE THESE EXTRA STEPS so that Peter can do and achieve anything he desires.

With this mindset, four years ago I attended my first planning meeting for the JDRF Greater New England Chapter Gala. The Gala is the largest fundraiser that the chapter holds every year. Even during the pandemic and having to pivot to virtual galas for the last two years, funds raised have always far exceeded one million each year.

My friends will tell you that I am an introvert. Even I find it ironic that I am on a committee that plans a very social gala party! But as every person who has T1D in their life will tell you, the ability to sit with uncomfortable feelings is a necessary skill.

Over the last four years, I have been able to witness the strategic manner in which JDRF has appropriated funds toward advocacy and research to either improve the lives of those with T1D or to find a cure. Because of JDRF’s stewardship and success, I have found that my time spent garnering donations for auction, planning next steps in meetings, and attending the Gala has been well worth my commitment.

Aside from the massive success the gala produces every year, my most cherished and surprising benefit of being on the Gala Committee is the strength and support that I feel from a community who shares common interest and experience. Everyone in the room understands how it feels to be awake in the middle of the night because of a low blood sugar or the anxiety provoking life circumstances of growing independence: field trips, driving, college. From this community, not only is support and understanding given, but also inspiration to bolster grit along the way.

I hope that you will choose to support the Gala on May 7, 2022 in Boston. The McGrews will be there because WE JUST NEED TO TAKE THESE EXTRA STEPS to


40th Annual Greater New England Gala—One Night

Help our auction!

The amazing generosity and support from our community have ensured the success of our auction year after year.

In-Demand Items:

  • Private Dining Experiences or Cooking Lessons with local chefs
  • Golf at Premier Courses
  • Domestic Weekend Getaways and International Travel Packages
  • Tickets or Suites for Concerts, Sports, or Shows
  • Behind-the-Scenes Opportunities
  • Vintage Wines and Liquors
  • Hot Electronic Items
  • High-End Household Goods

We ask that the median value of items be approximately $50 to ensure the highest resale potential to raise the most funds.

Download the Auction Donation Form and include it with your donation when you send it to the chapter or drop it off. You can also submit a donation electronically via bit.ly/JDRFGNEProcurement2022.

Please contact the JDRF Gala Team with your auction donations, ideas, questions, or to learn about joining the Gala Committee.