Spotlight: Hannah Veigle JDRF Children’s Congress 2015

Every two years JDRF hosts an event in Washington D.C. called the JDRF Children’s Congress. This event gives children living with type 1 diabetes a chance to express the importance of government funding for life changing research that will help all of those affected by the disease. Each of the delegates, children ages 4-17, selected […]

Carsten Balao

Even though the Balao family has only been facing the challenges of type one diabetes for just about two years they have found an amazing way to raise awareness and funds for JDRF research. Carsten Balao and his family love to play tennis. In fact, Carsten hopes to one day play tennis professionally! Shortly after […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Maureen McArdle

Although Maureen McArdle’s connection to T1D is more distant than some, her passion for finding a cure and working with JDRF could not be stronger. Maureen has been the Gala Committee Chair with the Central Florida chapter for the past three years and her husband, Alan, has been the auctioneer for the past six years. […]

Spotlight: Melissa and Hannah Royer

“She is my hero, seeing what it takes for her to manage her diabetes and her anxiety every minute of every day takes such strength and courage.  I am very proud of her.” Melissa and Hannah Royer are a mother and daughter type 1 diabetes advocacy powerhouse. Hannah Royer was diagnosed at the age of […]

New Family Spotlight: The Knoop Family

The Knoop family, James, Leanne, Jackson, and Brielle, are a resilient, inspiring family full of hope and with a unique story; all but one of the small family of four have type one diabetes. Although this young family’s journey has just begun, Leanne’s journey with type one began at the University of Central Florida when […]

Spotlight: The Erpenbach Family

Alexander was diagnosed in 2011 at 10 years old. It was right before Halloween so for any kid this would have been devastating. But Alex took it like a champ. He immediately decided he was going to cure Diabetes. This year was the first year the family decided to join the JDRF Walk to Cure […]

Individual Spotlight-Carla Voorhees

“The turtle always wins” is the motto that Carla Voorhees stands by as she prepares for this year’s Nashville, TN bike ride for a cure. In 2012, she participated in the ride across Burlington, VT and fondly remembers crossing the finish line with her friend Kara, who encouraged her throughout the ride. What sparked her […]

Commitment to the Dream Honoree

The JDRF Central Florida Chapter presents the Annual Commitment to the Dream Award to an individual who has provided outstanding support in our efforts to support the mission of JDRF and the Central Florida Community. Harold Mills, CEO of Zero Chaos has been recognized many times for his innovative leadership in business and also in […]

Team Spotlight-CDM Smith

Start small and finish BIG is definitely the motto CDM Smith is chanting these days. In 2010, the team had 10 walkers and raised a little over $3,000. Most would say this was a success however with some innovative thinking, team captain Danielle Chater has been able to grow CDM Smith to one of Central […]

Volunteer Spotlight-Gerri Leaman

Volunteer Spotlight-Gerri Leaman

  Gerri has been a tremendous volunteer with JDRF for many years. Her granddaughter Hannah has T1D and their Walk Team is one of our top fundraising families for the Orlando Walk! “Gerri’s dedication and passion for JDRF is visible the moment you meet her. Whether she is helping in the office or speaking to […]