BENEFITING: Beyond Type 1
ORGANIZER: Beyond Type 1
My name is Jon Berman. I am 16 years old. I live beyond Type 1 … by being an advocate for diabetes research to help scientists find a cure for everyone living with Type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed in 2007, when I was 7 years old. I remember going trick-or-treating and then fainting in the bathroom in the early morning. My mom took me to the doctors and then to the hospital and I was bummed I was missing my 1st grade play! Then the ER Doctor came in and said, “It’s Type 1 diabetes.” I remember not knowing what that meant, but I found out really fast when I got my first injection. After being diagnosed, we found out I had a tendency to pass out around needles. I know, just my luck that I had to learn how to adjust to needles when I was first diagnosed. But I encouraged my local Children’s Hospital to put reclining chairs in all of their Endocrine offices, so when children and teens come in to get a pump or CGM, they can feel more comfortable and safe during the process. I’m glad they liked the idea — the chairs are really comfortable!
As we all know there are good days and bad days, but I really try to stay focused on the positive and just do what I have to do and be myself.
My mom has always encouraged me to believe in the concept, “Be a part of the change you want to see in the world.”
So every year I raise funds for a cure for different diabetes organizations. I try to make it fun and unique such as The Power Of One campaign. With the help of my family and friends I realized that the sky is the limit with finding ways to raise awareness and funds for diabetes research. It’s really cool to be a part of something that makes a difference in the world.
Just imagine,if everyone donated $20 BT1 would win and put T1D in the spotlight! We are also doing a special giveaway on 10/23. Thank you for your contribution and support!
Beyond Type 1 is a new brand of philanthropy leveraging the power of social media and technology, changing what it means to live with a chronic disease. By educating the global community about this autoimmune disease, as well as providing resources and support for those living with Type 1, they will bridge the gap from diagnosis to cure, empowering people to both live well today and funding a better tomorrow. They are here to disrupt diabetes. Let's all join them!
EIN: 47-3336640 • http://www.beyondtype1.org