March Newsletter 2021


Dear Friends,

Thanks to the ongoing dedication of passionate volunteers, experts, families, and supporters, we have made incredible advances in drugs, devices, and therapies. Exciting progress like the launching of JDRF’s Third Center for Excellence and JDRF’s recent partnership with the Lupus Research Alliance and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to advance the understanding of autoimmunity, are just a couple examples of the impact and leadership role JDRF has played in every major advance, improvement, and breakthrough delivered for the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community.

Today, we feel we are at a true tipping point—we are confident that it’s not a matter of whether we’ll cure this disease, but when. You, our dedicated community, have brought us to this point. Now, to bring us across the finish line we need to continue to grow our community, inspire more people to take action—and, yes, raise more money—because the more people we bring into our shared vision, the sooner we’ll achieve a world without T1D!

Thank you,

Laci Naber                    AnnElise Walsh
Executive Director      Iowa Market Director

Ways To Make An Impact

JDRF Gala – Celebrate with our Nebraska and southwest Iowa communities as we come together virtually to raise over $1 million for T1D research on Saturday, April 17!
Ride to Cure – No matter where you live, how you choose to ride or how far you go, you’ll be surrounded by the T1D community—fellow riders, coaches, friends and family, cheering you on at every milestone.
JDRF One Walk – Join our Iowa and western Illinois communities as they walk their way on Sunday, May 23. Check our social channels for a special announcement soon!

Research News

The 13th Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) Annual Meeting was held February 22-24, 2021, and featured some of the most world-renowned diabetes investigators. Check out the latest advances – using nPOD samples HERE.

A goal of David Alagpulinsa, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital, is to contribute to a treatment that makes people with T1D live like everyone—without T1D and its related complications. Learn about his research in his full interview HERE.


Parenting and Relationships – No matter what stage you or your family is at in figuring out your new “normal”, we understand how scary it can be and want to help. Click HERE to learn more.

T1Detect, JDRF’s NEW screening program, allows anyone, at any age, to get screened for T1D autoantibodies. The test is easy, simple and can help save lives. For more information and to order a test, visit

COVID-19 Vaccine Access Guide – Visit our access guide to learn the latest information about the vaccines.

InSourceRx Prescription Card offers significant savings on medications, and every time any of us use the card, JDRF Nebraska-Iowa receives money back to apply to our mission. Get your card today! No membership. No obligation. This is not insurance. Discounts apply only at participating pharmacies. Administered by Elixir Savings

March 9: JDRF T1D Talk at 7:00 pm – Register
March 11: JDRF Empower1 (Teen T1D Talk) at 7:30 pm – Register
Join us as guest speaker, Kameran Ulferts, young adult living with T1D answers your questions while we create a bag out of an old t-shirt! NO sewing required.

April 8: JDRF Empower1 (Teen T1D Talk) at 7:00 pm – Register
April 13: JDRF T1D Talk at 12:00 pm – Register
April 17: JDRF Gala: Stronger Together at 7:00 pm – Register
Watch live and enjoy mobile bidding, inspiring giving opportunities and entertainment! (No cost to register.) Thank you Ludacka Wealth Partners for serving as our 2021 Gala Engagement Sponsor, join us today!
April 24: JDRF TypeOneNation Summit – Registration Opens Soon

May 23: JDRF One Walk Spring 2021
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Please reach out to the Nebraska and Iowa Chapter if you have any questions regarding the information above. • (402) 397-2873