Bush, whose son Aaron was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago at the age of 13, has rallied many new Walk teams
Greensboro, North Carolina, October 26, 2017 – JDRF’s Piedmont Triad Chapter announced today that Jason Bush, Director of Triad Real Estate Advisors at Keller Williams, is serving as Corporate Chair for JDRF’s 2017 Winston-Salem One Walk®.
Since earning his MBA from Wake Forest University, Jason, who is a Civil Engineer, has been involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. As Corporate Chair, he has reached out to companies and individuals who have never participated in JDRF Walks and encouraged them to get involved by sponsoring, fielding a team, or fundraising in other ways.
Until two years ago, Bush knew very little about type 1 diabetes (T1D). Then his 13-year-old son, Aaron, was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, and everything changed. “Suddenly, my whole family was focused on beating T1D and finding a cure for Aaron and every other person dealing with this disease 24/7,” Bush said. “Serving as Corporate Walk Chair has given me the opportunity to talk about the incredible T1D research breakthroughs JDRF is funding.”
“Since the day Aaron was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Jason and his entire family have jumped in wholeheartedly to support JDRF’s vision of a world without T1D,” said Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh, Executive Director of JDRF’s Piedmont Triad Chapter. “By channeling his own personal passion, Jason has been able to rally so many new companies and individuals to our cause.”
The world’s largest T1D event, JDRF One Walk brings together more than 900,000 people at 205 Walks around the U.S. every year to raise money for T1D research. One Walk raises more than $66.5 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 Winston-Salem each fall, the Piedmont Triad Chapter of JDRF hosts One Walks in Alamance and Greensboro in the fall and in High Point in the spring. Together, the four Triad events deliver more than $1 million annually for T1D research.
The JDRF Winston-Salem One Walk will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at BB&T Field, Wake Forest University’s football stadium. 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 Winston-Salem One Walk by registering online at https://tinyurl.com/JDRFWinstonOneWalk or calling Senior Development Manager Eric Durham at (336) 373-1768.
2017 Winston-Salem One Walk® Sponsors: JDRF thanks our sponsors, many of whom have supported T1D research for years. Major 2017 sponsors committed to date include:
- FOX8 – WGHP
- 7 Simon
- L. Long Construction
- Reynolds American
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
- Novant Health
- Wake Forest Baptist Health
- The Speech Lady
- Womble Carlyle
- Barclay Setzer, DDS
- The Budd Group
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 $2.25 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 awarded 150 new research grants in fiscal year 2017 and is currently funding research in 21 countries—including 70 active clinical trials. jdrf.org
About JDRF – Piedmont Triad Chapter: Covering 15 North Carolina counties, the Piedmont Triad Chapter raises funds for T1D research through a variety of events, including its annual Hope Gala; One Walks in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Alamance County, and High Point; and the Ride to Cure Diabetes. facebook.com/jdrftriad or @JDRFtriad on Twitter