June Cure Champion


Dear Friend,

I hope this note finds you and your families well! I am delighted to be serving in my 22nd year as Chair of the JDRF Tee Up to Cure Diabetes Golf Classic, supporting the mission to find a cure for children and adults living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). I would like to personally invite you to become a sponsor of the tournament being held on Monday, July 17, 2023, at the spectacular Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, RI, which overlooks Narragansett Bay and has been ranked one of the top courses in the state. Whether joining us with a foursome or making a 100% tax-deductible gift to Fund A Cure, your support is greatly appreciated.

T1D is an autoimmune disease in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. People with T1D are dependent on injected or pumped insulin to survive. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure. T1D hits close to home for my family as our son Zach, 25, was diagnosed at just 10 months old and our daughter Ava, 21, 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 2.5-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 each and 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.

Currently, 1.45 million Americans are living with T1D, impacting 1 in 30 families. Each year, 64,000 people are diagnosed in the U.S. alone. With 2.1 million people projected to develop T1D by 2040, we cannot afford to fall behind.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding T1D research, and their mission is to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications. JDRF has invested more than $2.5 billion in research and has driven nearly every major advance–drug, device, cell therapy–made in T1D in the last 50+ years. At present, JDRF has more than 275+ active research grants being funded around the globe.

Our Golf Classic has played a critical role in these advancements, raising more than $2 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 once again help us in our efforts to create a world without T1D.

Visit bit.ly/JDRFGNEGolf23 to register today!

Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you on July 17!


Chris Librizzi
Chair, JDRF Tee Up to Cure Diabetes Golf Classic