Pella Team Walks to Raise Money for Diabetes Research

January 29th, 2013 by Editor

Employees from Pella Windows and Doors will put on their walking shoes to help raise money for diabetes research on Saturday February 16, by participating in the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) walk.

The Greater Iowa Walk to Cure Diabetes 2013 is often Iowa’s largest single-day fundraiser for a non-profit cause, and among the largest walks per-capita for JDRF across the US, according to JDRF. Pella Corporation president and CEO and Greater Iowa Corporate Walk Chair Pat Meyer is honored to support the event.

“Our Pella Windows and Doors team is proud to have raised more than $2 million for JDRF in 10 years. It’s a highly-efficient non-profit organization that puts the bulk of dollars raised directly to research to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes,” Meyer said.

JDRF’s research mission is to “discover, develop and deliver advances that cure, better, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.” Type 1 diabetes affects 3 million people every year in the US, and claims an estimated 80 lives each day.

“The great thing about donating to JDRF is that you are impacting so many people’s lives for the better, especially when you take part in events like the JDRF walk,” Meyer said. “Personally, I have several friends and team members who live with this disease every day. That’s why the Pella team is dedicated to helping raise money for research, to help find a cure for diabetes.”

Jim Thomas is one Pella team member whose family is affected by type 1 diabetes.

“I am personally committed to JDRF, since my daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes seven years ago,” said Thomas, director of IT operations at Pella.

Currently serving on the Greater Iowa JDRF board, Thomas will lead the board as president for a two-year term, starting in July of 2013. “I encourage people to get involved with JDRF, and appreciate all the support both within the Pella team member family and communities around us,” Thomas said.


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