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WINTER HAVEN, FL — The Leadership Winter Haven Class 41 is pleased to announce their class project. The Class will host a Fall Festival Event to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The event will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at Lake Silver in Winter Haven. The Class hopes to see the community in attendance as they host a day filled with health education, games, food, and fun to benefit the JDRF & raise awareness of the disease. The event is free for everyone.

Each Leadership Winter Haven Class is tasked with creating a group project that benefits the community at large, based on information gained throughout the program. Participants in Class 41 learned about the overwhelming impact of Type 1 Diabetes in the local community. As such, Class 41 chose to produce an event to benefit the JDRF, which is the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Type 1 Diabetes research. Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, requiring around the clock management. This disease affects countless members of the Winter Haven community and beyond.

About JDRF: 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 its inception. It is 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. It collaborates with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. JDRF staff and volunteers throughout the United States and five international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement, and the vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow on Twitter (@JDRF), Facebook (@myjdrf), and Instagram (@jdrfhq). To get involved with the local chapter, email northernflorida@jdrf.org.

About Type 1 Diabetes (T1D): T1D is an autoimmune condition that causes the pancreas to make very little insulin or none at all, leading to long-term complications which can include highs and lows in blood sugar; damage to the kidneys, eyes, nerves and heart; and even death if left untreated. It is one of the fastest-growing chronic health conditions. Many believe T1D is only diagnosed in childhood and early puberty, but diagnosis in adulthood is on the rise, and accounts for nearly 50% of all T1D diagnoses. The onset is sudden, and nothing can be done to prevent it yet—it is not related to diet or lifestyle. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. There is currently no cure for T1D.

About Leadership Winter Haven: Leadership Winter Haven was founded in 1980. Since that time the program has been dedicated to developing a well informed and diverse pool of leadership talent ready to help the community and area reach its full potential. Throughout the program, participants leadership skills are nurtured while they are exposed to the full spectrum of business, industry, governmental and social issues that confront Winter Haven’s current leaders and will challenge the leaders of tomorrow.

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