Ford’s incredible support of this mission

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Over the next few months, we’d like to highlight the incredible partnership that we have with Ford. You’ll get to learn a little bit more about Ford employees that are impacted by the work that JDRF does and why our partnership with them is important! 

Check out our highlight of Joe Blazis, a Ford employee and long-time supporter and volunteer for our Chapter! 

Ford employee: Joe Blazis

Department: MP&L 

  • Please tell us a little bit about your family member who has Type One Diabetes. My 19 year old daughter Caleigh Blazis is a T1D.
  • How old were they when diagnosed? She was diagnosed at age 10. How old are they now?   She is now 19.
  • How has JDRF helped your/their circumstances? JDRF has always been great, but was especially at the time of Caleigh’s diagnosis.  They sent us a “Bag of Hope” with lots of information and a Rufus teddy bear for Caleigh.
  • How do you feel about Ford’s relationship with JDRF?I am so proud that Ford works hard to help fundraise for JDRF.  The research JDRF helps to fund is working toward a cure, but has resulted in a much better quality of life for Caleigh in the last 9 years.  Ford works tirelessly to host numerous events to fundraise.