Schlotzsky's today announced a national partnership with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), to raise $100,000 toward the organization’s efforts to cure, treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications.
"We were extremely selective when identifying a national charitable cause that our brand could support system wide. Our organization is happy to be working with JDRF to fund essential research toward type 1 diabetes,” says Kelly Roddy, president of Schlotzsky’s.
“This decision was more than an act of corporate philanthropy; this was the alignment of two organizations that are passionate about helping those with this disease. As a supporting partner, our goal is to raise $100,000 that will help efforts in finding better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes.”
Throughout the year, Schlotzsky’s will have numerous opportunities to raise funds for JDRF both on a national and local level through in-store fundraisers, diabetes walks, galas, sneaker programs, and much more. As part of becoming a major partner in the initiative to fight diabetes, Schlotzsky’s joins an exclusive group of corporate partners.
“We are thrilled to partner with a company whose values are aligned with the mission of our organization,” says Mania Boyder, JDRF’s executive vice president, development. “We look forward to growing our relationship with Schlotzsky’s in the fight against type 1 diabetes.”
Founded in 1970, JDRF is the world’s largest charitable funder of T1D research, having raised more than $1.6 billion in research funds since its inception. JDRF is focused on improving the lives of all people with T1D, at all ages and at all stages of the disease. As many as three million Americans may have T1D, and 85 percent of those living with the disease are adults. Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults—approximately 80 people per day—are diagnosed with the disease in the United States.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that can strike at any age, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump each day. People with diabetes must carefully balance their food intake and exercise to regulate blood sugar levels, which is why having options when dining out is so important.