Meet Our 37th Annual Boston Gala Honorees—Mindy and Dean Maines
Monday, November 4, 2008, that is the day Trevor was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and everything changed for us. He was four years old at the time. It was all so overwhelming. There are no days off with T1D. This disease requires attention every minute of every day; and for Trevor, living with T1D, and all of us who care for him, it has become part of the fabric of our lives, interwoven into everything we do; from the way we eat, to the way we sleep, to the way we exercise, and even the way we interact as a family.
Trevor is now 14 and our lives are very different, yet Trevor still has T1D and he will until we find a cure for this disease. That is why our family became involved with JDRF. JDRF is the leading organization working to discover better treatments, prevention, and ultimately, a cure for T1D.
In the spring of 2011, we attended our first JDRF Gala. It was an emotional night. The stories shared that evening were Trevor’s story and our family’s story. It was comforting to know that there was a community of people supporting us and an organization devoted to furthering the research that will one day find a cure for T1D. Since that date, we have become increasingly involved with JDRF by forming a family Walk team, the Northshore Sugar Shakers, for the JDRF One Walk; becoming members of the New England Board of Directors; and not only co-chairing the JDRF Boston Gala, but cutting a rug each year to celebrate our accomplishments. Our commitment to JDRF has brought together family and friends throughout the years, and we believe now, more than ever, that JDRF is the organization to support with both our time and money in order to combat this disease.
We are honored to be the 37th Annual JDRF Boston Gala Honorees, and hope you will Be the Momentum, Be the Progress, and Be the Cure by attending this inspiring event on Saturday, May 11, 2019. We invite you to join our family, our community, our village, and celebrate the progress that has been made and the exciting advancements yet to come, so that Trevor and all those living with T1D can eventually lead a normal life, a life without T1D. If you are unable to be with us that evening, we hope you will consider making a gift to JDRF through Fund A Cure, because your philanthropic generosity will help support the important research needed to create a world without T1D.
We are so thankful for the support of our family and friends, our JDRF community, and our partnership with this exceptional organization. We hope to see you at the Gala.
Mindy, Dean, Abby, Sierra, Trevor, and Emerson