Running after a cure for diabetes

Local man is putting his best foot forward for charity

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Fulham local Daniel Stewart is putting his best foot forward for charity by taking on the challenge of The Flora London Marathon on April 23. Daniel, age 27, will run the 26.2 miles in order to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (registered charity no 295716) was founded in 1986 and is affiliated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research worldwide.

Daniel said, “I am running for JDRF because there is a history of diabetes in my family and so I know first hand how devastating diabetes can be,” said Daniel. “I hope to raise at least £1,500, which I know will fund the most promising and groundbreaking research into a cure for type 1 diabetes. People with diabetes face a lifetime of treatment and tests and the constant risk of complications. I know that just 4.5 hours of my exertion and lots of financial support can make a real difference to the search for a cure.”

“I’ll be pounding the streets of Fulham until April, to prepare for the race,” said Daniel. “If you see me out and about, feel free to give me a shout of support.”

If you would like to sponsor Daniel, please call 020 7713 2030 or visit www.jdrf.org.uk.

Since inception JDRF has been responsible for more than £500 million direct funding of the most promising and groundbreaking research around the world, including £65 million for 500 grants, centres and fellowships in 19 countries in 2002 alone. The charity has funded, at least in part, every major research breakthrough in the last thirty years, and focuses on research with the greatest impact, leading to a cure as soon as possible. JDRF is not restricted by geography or conventions.

JDRF actively supports new research angles such as stem cells and therapeutic islet transplantation and has successfully advocated for a combined £535 million in government funding for type 1 diabetes research through to 2008 around the world. JDRF seeks to bring together top scientists and has unique partnerships with public and private entities, such as the MRC and the Wellcome Trust, in some of the UK’s most groundbreaking diabetes related research.

It is estimated that 4.9 million people globally have type 1 diabetes. It represents the most severe form of a condition that annually accounts for almost £2.5 billion in healthcare costs in the U.K. alone and represents 4.3% of the total NHS budget. Diabetes and its complications cost £5.2 billion each year, 9% of the NHS budget – 4.3% is spent on type 1 diabetes alone.

March 21, 2006