Diabetes ‘open house’ slated Saturday at Y

Each year, nearly 30,000 people are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

That’s approximately 80 people every single day.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) wants those living with the disease to get connected to others facing the condition and those who can help them.

This Saturday, April 6, they’ll be taking steps to make that happen.

From 2 until 4 p.m., the Warren County YMCA will host a “Get Connected Open House” for Type 1 diabetics and their families.

The event will feature games, refreshments, give-aways, vendor displays and, most importantly, time to meet and connect with others living with Type 1 Diabetes and their families.

Diabetes doesn’t just strike later in life. According to JDRF, 15 percent of individuals living with Type 1 Diabetes are children and the numbers are growing.

Between 2001 and 2009, incidences of the illness amongst those under 20 years old rose 23 percent. Worldwide, cases amongst those under age 14 are estimated to increase by three percent each year.

JDRF is doing more than connecting families. The organization’s primary goal since its inception has been research and education aimed at curing and treating diabetes.

More than 80 percent of JDRF expenditures directly support research and education. The efforts come to more than $1.6 billion donated to Type 1 Diabetes research since 1970.