15 Years a Fundraiser!
The Schwartz’s Team-Robert Schwartz
15 years ago, Robert Schwartz took his first step at the 2005 JDRF One Walk, Manhattan to Brooklyn. “It was like seeing a Miracle come to life.” Robert recalls seeing all the Walkers, Tourists, and Participants crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and feeling inspired by the community. Robert’s Grandmother had passed away from type 1 diabetes (T1D) and his nephew was also diagnosed with T1D 5 years ago.
He knew that getting involved with JDRF would help bring awareness to the disease and fundraising would further the progress being made in the field.
“I wrote letters to my friends, my family, and while I worked as an Assistant Manager at CVS I would ask my costumers to support my team as well.” Year after year, Robert has surpassed his previous year’s fundraising total.
“When I ask my neighbors to donate I feel supported. You got to ask. And you have to follow up. I’m always so thankful and surprised by the support and amount I receive from some of the great people who have donated to my team.”
Robert works to engage and fundraise for his team, and he is also a veteran V1P! Being a V1P is something that Robert takes great pride in achieving every year.
“Being a V1P means that through my ambition and determination, I am able to have a positive impact on family and friends to raise at least $1000 each year. Continuing to fundraise for JDRF, even if my contribution is small, is having real impact. It was an incredible feeling knowing my hard work helped with the DexCom manufacturing. My wife who is also diabetic wears one and I am able to follow her on my phone and make sure she’s healthy.”
Robert’s commitment and enthusiasm are extraordinary. His excitement for this year’s One Walk is palpable and he’s already started his letter writing campaign. He’s set his team’s goal to be the highest it’s ever been.
“I’m going to raise $5,000. I have real hope for this year and I know I can get there.”
We can’t wait to see Robert hit this goal and go beyond. Thank you Robert for you amazing support and all your efforts to turn type 1 into type none!