UK Teen with Portland Connection Recognized for T1D Fundraising


Adriana Lynn Lozano Toren has earned a spot on the 2019 Diana Award Roll of Honour for her type 1 diabetes fundraising achievements.

The Diana Award is awarded in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. It recognizes exceptional young people between the ages of nine and 25 who have accomplished social action or humanitarian work to bring about positive change.

Adriana was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago. Since then, she has organized fundraising activities in the United Kingdom, Spain and South Korea to support the JDRF Oregon/SW Washington Chapter. She was connected to the Chapter by her aunt who resides in Portland.

Remarkably, Diana’s hard work has raised more than £19,000 (equivalent to more than $21,000 U.S. dollars) to support research into type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that differs from type 2 diabetes. There is currently no cure, and managing it requires constant management with glucose monitoring, insulin use and attention to diet and exercise. While the cause of type 1 diabetes is not known, environmental and genetic factors may contribute to it. It affects both children and adults.

JDRF is a global nonprofit organization and funder of type 1 diabetes research. The money raised by Adriana will help JDRF and the Oregon/SW Washington Chapter. As a result, JDRF will be able to move closer to achieving its goals of helping people with type 1 diabetes live better lives and ultimately finding a cure to end the disease. Adriana has done amazing work and is extremely deserving of the Diana Award.

Thank you, Adriana!