JDRF Honors Ann Arbor Resident Elizabeth Caswell with the 2019 Huntsman Family Community Engagement Award
Caswell is recognized for her support of JDRF and strong commitment to the T1D community
New York (November 20, 2019)— JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, today announced Elizabeth Caswell as the recipient of the Huntsman Family Community Engagement Award in recognition of her contributions as a volunteer leader for the organization.
The Huntsman Family Community Engagement Award recognizes a chapter or national volunteer who has made a highly impactful contribution to the T1D community through advocacy, marketing/communications, mission, outreach or volunteer engagement, by fostering a sense of community, deepening engagement with the larger JDRF family and empowering individuals to make a difference in their own lives. Caswell’s community engagement work, both with the Michigan and Northwestern Ohio Chapter and nationally, exemplifies her passion for connecting with and educating individuals impacted by T1D.
“We are delighted to recognize Elizabeth Caswell for her unwavering commitment to JDRF and the T1D community,” said Aaron Kowalski, Ph.D., JDRF President and CEO. “Elizabeth’s leadership in educating the community about research, forging relationships, and bringing T1D families into the fold has greatly impacted our mission.”
Elizabeth’s involvement began in 2008 when the Caswell family created a walk team. Since then, they have continued their generosity and involvement with JDRF. She later went on to chair the Ann Arbor One Walk for four years. Within her local chapter, Elizabeth serves as a member of the Board of Directors on the Executive Committee, is Chair of the Journey for T1D event, contributes as a Research Information Volunteer and is a Champion for the JDRF Center of Excellence at the University of Michigan. At the national level, Elizabeth is a member of the JDRF International Research Committee and Speakers Bureau. In FY19, Elizabeth was instrumental in the creation of the Journey for T1D event, expanding JDRF’s reach and tapping into new audiences in the Ann Arbor market. The new event was hugely successful, raising more than $390,000 for T1D research since it’s inception. She has a wealth of information when it comes to research and is committed to ensuring that JDRF’s constituents have access to information on the research we fund. Under her extraordinary leadership, a number of Research Information Volunteers have been trained to spread the message about JDRF’s research through Research Road Shows, exponentially increasing the impact on the community.
JDRF recognizes and appreciates all the dedicated volunteers and supporters who commit their lives to the worldwide effort to end T1D. Volunteer Award recipients were recognized at the annual JDRF One Conference.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.2 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 six 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