Dallas Stars Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi announced a $3 million gift to JDRF Canada on Saturday night at the 2017 JDRF Greater Dallas Dream Gala. Gaglardi's donation will go directly to support type 1 diabetes (T1D) cure-related research activities in the areas of encapsulation and beta cell replacement and regeneration.
"As the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, I am incredibly proud to support JDRF in funding the kind of critical research that will improve the lives of everyone living with this disease," said Gaglardi. "The success of Saturday's event to raise awareness and funds for type 1 diabetes is one step forward in continuing the fight against this disease."
Gaglardi was honored by JDRF Greater Dallas at the 2017 Dream Gala on Saturday night and helped the organization raise over $1.4 million for this year's event with the help of Dallas Stars President and CEO Jim Lites, who served as the corporate chair for the evening.
"We are on the verge of defeating a disease that affects so many people in Canada - and around the world," said President and CEO of JDRF Canada Dave Prowten. "Each day, we are getting closer than ever to finding a cure and we are very grateful to Tom and his family for their generous contribution."
The $3 million gift will support JDRF's global efforts to advance international T1D research projects and foster collaboration of the best and brightest scientific minds working on encapsulation therapies to develop a cure for this disease. Through the JDRF Encapsulation Research Program, more than 50 scientists around the world are developing ways to generate or produce an unlimited supply of beta cells as well as incredible biotechnologies consisting of protective devices that can be implanted in people with T1D that shield beta cells from immune system attack.
"Tom Gaglardi's extraordinary gift to fund encapsulation research has monumentally propelled us towards our goal for a world without type 1 diabetes," said President of JDRF Greater Dallas Board of Directors Trey Parker. "All of us who deal with T1D on a daily basis are thankful to Tom, his family, and the Dallas Stars beyond measure."
For more information about T1D or to make a donation, please visit jdrf.org.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our 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 billion in research funding since our inception. We are 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. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF