2021 Virtual Dream Gala

June 5, 2021
6:30 pm

Presented by Murphy Hoffman Company

This year, the JDRF Kansas City Gala and the JDRF St. Louis Gala are joining forces to maximize our potential. These two remarkable events will merge into a singular Dream Gala, virtually broadcast across the Kansas & Missouri Chapter, reaching our T1D communities in Kansas, Missouri and Southern Illinois. The 2021 JDRF Dream Gala will reflect the commitment, passion, and collaboration of all our communities across the Kansas & Missouri Chapter. Please join us in creating a world without type 1 diabetes.

Event Details

  • Rock out with Kenny Loggins. Plus, we want to see how you’re celebrating the Dream Gala. On June 5, take a picture of how you’re celebrating and text it to 314-710-0187. During the After Party we’ll share all of the photos everyone across our chapter sent in!

  • Fund A Cure will remain open.

Fund A Cure Family

Thank you to the Iken Family for sharing your story as the 2021 Dream Gala Fund A Cure Family.


Michelle was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 9. Originally from Kansas City, she now calls St. Louis home with her husband Corey and their two sons, Seth and Ryan. Since her diagnosis over 30 years ago, Michelle has seen the amazing advancements in T1D care and helped advocate for those changes along the way. These advancements became more important than even when, at the age of only 4 ½, youngest son Ryan, was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Together, the Ikens have learned to navigate life with T1D as a family. Their hope is that through their story, they can educate others about life with T1D and share the importance of funding T1D research. We invite you to share in their story at the 2021 Dream Gala and bring us closer to cures, so that families, like the Ikens, can live in a world without type 1 diabetes.

More Info

Thank you to our Steering Committee for your leadership of the
2021 Dream Gala

Cathy Baier, Chair

Matt Copeland

Robin Diedrich

Ginger Eichhorn

Amy Fauss

Brett Gordon

Caleb Herbst

Joseph Hyde

Rachel Lupardus

Erin Murphy

Derek Rapp

Emily Rapp

Greg Swetnam

Debra Yost

Event Contact

Tori Freeman
314.302.8796 | vfreeman@jdrf.org

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