JDRF Celebrates the Strength of the T1D Community at the TypeOneNation Virtual Summit
April 27, 2021, New York—On Saturday, April 24, 2021, JDRF, the leading global funder of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, celebrated the strength of the community with its second virtual TypeOneNation Summit.
Bringing together members of the T1D community from coast to coast, the TypeOneNation Summit was a day of education, inspiration, and encouragement. In line with the event theme “Living Without Limits,” the virtual event kicked off with a performance by musician Antoine Gibson, followed by a series of motivational panels and breakout sessions addressing mental health, nutrition, Covid-19, technology, access, and more.
“TypeOneNation Summits have been the cornerstone of our local chapters for many years,” said Kristin Jahnke, JDRF Director of Community Engagement. “We are excited to expand and continue this amazing program, bringing together our community like never before to celebrate, learn and share.”
This year’s summit featured a star-studded panel entitled “T1D, Mental Health, and COVID Life: It’s Ok to Not Be Ok.” Hosted by T1D mom, sister, and advocate Natalie Stanback, panelists included actress and star of the CW TV series, “Stargirl” Brec Bassinger, WNBA Indiana Fever player Lauren Cox, NBA San Antonio Spurs players Keldon Johnson and his sister Krislyn Johnson, and couture designer & CEO of Thom Solo Shoes Thom Solo.
Additional panels included research updates from partners and international affiliates, product showcases, and a special Spanish-language session to discuss the impact of Covid-19.
For more than 4,000 participants, the day ended with an exceptional performance by American Idol Finalist Adam Lasher and chapter chats.
Recordings and recaps of the entire TypeOneNation Summit are freely accessible to people of all ages and T1D connections online through the virtual summit portal.
For more information on TypeOneNation, visit https://www.jdrf.org/community/typeonenation/
JDRF’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.5 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our five international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow us on Twitter (@JDRF), Facebook (@myjdrf), and Instagram (@jdrfhq).