CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - In the news business we sometimes get promotional gift baskets from companies looking for a plug about their product. Often times there is really no honest "angle," no real "news" to it.
But a recent basket of root beer and snacks holds a note I appreciate every year. A reminder of the "Hope Floats" fundraiser to help fund research for type 1 diabetes.
Right now, across the world, inside labs funded by the JDRF, scientists are trying to find a cure and new ways to treat type 1 diabetes, (T1D). You may not know a person with T1D, but chances are, you will in your lifetime.
"Today 1.25 million American men, women, and children live with type 1 diabetes, a disease that continues to impact communities across the country," said Rick Anicetti. He's the chief executive officer of The Fresh Market.
This mission began in 1994 and the amount of money raised at the company's 188 stores is impressive.
"Not only has The Fresh Market raised $4.5 million over the past 22 years, but the consistency of their entire team to support turning Type One into Type None has provided invaluable support to our efforts and the type 1 diabetes community," wrote Margo K Lucero, senior vice president, Corporate and International Development of JDRF.
According to the JDRF, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. It's when the pancreas stops producing insulin, which we need to get energy from the food we eat. Kids and adults suffer from T1D, and diet and lifestyle have nothing to do with its onset.
According to JDRF, there is currently nothing you can do to prevent it, and there is no cure.
If you need an excuse to splurge on a float with the kids or grandkids, this might be the best two dollars you spend all weekend.