Mickey Truck Bodies President and CEO Dean Sink To Serve as Corporate Chair for JDRF’s High Point One Walk® on April 29, 2017

With Sink’s vision and leadership, corporate sponsorship has already increased by 166% over previous years

Greensboro, North Carolina, April 6, 2017 – JDRF’s Piedmont Triad Chapter announced today that Mickey Truck Bodies President and CEO Dean Sink, Corporate Chair for JDRF’s 2017 High Point One Walk®, has already secured corporate sponsorships in excess of $80,000—nearly tripling sponsorship levels from previous years and setting the stage for an incredibly successful type one diabetes (T1D) fundraising event on April 29, 2017.

Sink joined Mickey Truck Bodies in 1976 as a Management Trainee. Since Sink became President and CEO in 1987, Mickey (founded in 1904) has grown into the premier manufacturer of truck bodies and trailers by extending its product line from beverage bodies to trailers, van and vending bodies, and emergency and specially engineered vehicles for a wide range of industries around the world. All Mickey teammates are guided by “The Mickey Way,” which promotes team spirit on the job as well as in the community. A benchmark of this unique spirit is how the Mickey team supports the annual United Way campaign, with 100% participation every year.

“Dean doesn’t have to encourage his Mickey teammates to get involved in their community; he just leads by example,” said JDRF Piedmont Triad Chapter Executive Director Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh. “Finding a cure for type one diabetes is a cause Dean wholeheartedly believes in, and he knows that involving more people means we’ll get to that cure more quickly. From the minute he agreed to serve as Chair, Dean jumped in with both feet, rallying tremendous support for JDRF throughout the community—including from many business that have never participated in the Walk.”

“I know that JDRF research has made a huge difference for children and adults who live with this disease day in and day out,” said Sink. “This is a very important cause that I am happy to support—and happy to enlist others to join me.”

The world’s largest T1D event, JDRF One Walk brings together more than 900,000 people at 205 Walks around the U.S. to raise money for T1D research. One Walk raises more than $63 million annually through the combined efforts of more than 20,500 family and school teams and 5,300 corporate teams.

Along with the One Walk in High Point each spring, the Piedmont Triad Chapter of JDRF hosts One Walks in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Alamance County in the fall. Together, the four Triad events deliver more than $1 million annually for T1D research.

The JDRF One Walk in High Point will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Bank of North Carolina, 801 North Elm Street in High Point. Check-in begins at 9 am, with the 5K Walk getting underway at 10 am.

Individuals, businesses, and teams still have time to participate in the High Point One Walk by registering online at https://tinyurl.com/JDRFHighPointWalk or calling Senior Development Manager Eric Durham at (336) 373-1768.

Dean Sink
Dean Sink



About Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that impacts millions of people around the world. The disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Without insulin, glucose from food stays in the blood, where it can cause serious damage to all of the body’s organ systems. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.

About JDRF: JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, and has committed over $2 billion to research since its founding in 1970. JDRF and its supporters share the vision of “a world without type 1 diabetes,” and work every day to support the organization’s mission of “accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat type 1 diabetes and its complications.” JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in charitable research in 18 countries—including 50 active clinical trials. jdrf.org

About Mickey Truck Bodies: Mickey Truck Bodies has been family owned and operated since the company was started in High Point, N.C., in 1904. Today Mickey custom-manufactures all-aluminum beverage bodies and beverage trailers, dry freight and refrigerated van bodies, emergency vehicles and specially engineered equipment for customers throughout the U.S. and in more than 50 countries. The company operates a national network of full-service Reconditioning/Service Centers and a complete Parts Shop with Genuine Mickey Parts as well as parts for most competitive makes and models. mickeybody.com

2017 High Point One Walk® Sponsors: JDRF thanks our sponsors, many of whom have supported T1D research for years. Major 2017 sponsors committed to date include:

Presenting Sponsors

  • BB&T
  • Jersey Mike’s
  • FOX8 – WGHP
  • 98.7 Simon

Gold Sponsors

  • Bank of NC
  • Mickey Truck Bodies
  • Old Dominion Freight Line
  • Patheon
  • Thomas Built Buses

Silver Sponsors

  • Air Power
  • BB&T Leadership Institute
  • D.H. Griffin
  • Harriss & Covington Hosiery

Bronze Sponsors

  • Automotive Fasteners
  • Blue Ridge Companies
  • Carolina Bank
  • Cintas
  • Fleet Painting
  • Henderson Machinery
  • Ilderton Dodge
  • International Market Centers
  • Lenny Peters Foundation
  • MarketPlace
  • PPG
  • Price Realty
  • Robert Half
  • Scott Benefit Services
  • Shaver Roofing Services
  • Smith & Jennings
  • Smith Leonard
  • Wells Fargo
  • Workforce Unlimited
  • Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler