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JDRF hosts southwest conference this Saturday

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will host the annual Desert Southwest TypeOneNation Conference this Saturday at the Camelback Inn.

The conference will feature breakout sessions, pharmaceutical vendors, as well as a variety of speakers. The keynote speaker will be Kady Helme, an artificial pancreas project participant.

Helme will talk about her first-hand experience with the benefits of the artificial pancreas. In addition, she will explain how the technology has the ability to change lives.

Helme was part of the first real-world clinical trial that explored the potential of the artificial pancreas.

The artificial pancreas is new technology that could revolutionize the world for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.

JDRF has been funding research for several years that aimed to create an artificial pancreas system that would enable people with Type 1 Diabetes to go about their days normally.

There are currently 15 thousand children and 15 thousand adults that are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes each year. This equates out to about 80 people per day.

According the JDRF, the Artifical Pancreas Project (APP) has a six-step process for that artificial pancreas which would have the ability to detect blood sugar levels and deliver insulin in response to those levels without any extra work on the body’s part.

Each step varies in automation with different incremental advances that begin with devices that shut off insulin delivery to prevent episodes of low blood sugar to a fully automated “closed loop” system.

The steps increase based on the users needs. Each step increases the amount of moderation of maintenance for blood sugar levels.

Helme is scheduled to speak at 2p.m. at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.

Cocktail Woman

Thirsty Thursday: Toast to Charity at Arizona Cocktail Week — Wristbands on Sale Now

Any regular reader knows we at Scottsdale Living love our cocktails — shaken, stirred, through a straw, out of a fish bowl; we’ll try anything once.

Our patronage of local mixologists can really add up after a drink or two, which is why we are literally counting down to the third annual Arizona Cocktail Week. (29 days!)

Once a year, Valley lushes and cocktail lovers get a smokin’ deal on their favorite poisons at the state’s finest bars and restaurants. All you need is an AZCW wristband, which are now on sale for $10.

Purchasing a wristband entitles wearers to a week (Feb. 14 to 21) of exclusive discounts (we’re talking a few bucks a drink at some establishments) at dozens of participating bars, lounges and restaurants — including The House Brasserie, St. Francis, Mabel’s on Main, Recovery Room, Hotel Valley Ho and others yet to be announced.

The perks don’t stop at the bar, either. A portion of the wristband proceeds are donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and come loaded with a $20 promotional credit for UBER (an on-demand car request service) as well as a 20-percent discount on your first ride.

Get your wristband here.


JDRF Builds Creative Fundraising Campaign

With the economy in a constant state of flux, JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Foundation) has come up with an innovative way to raise money for their cause. BedBrock Developers  and its Owner, Richard Brock has offered to donate at least $250,000 from the sale of a $3,350,000 home to be built in Paradise Valley, AZ. In addition, any funds raised beyond the $3.4M will be donated to JDRF. On top of this profoundly generous donation, Sandra Wilken Luxury Properties, as the listing brokerage, will make a sizeable donation in 2013. Total donation could exceed $280,000.

The French villa inspired home, designed by Carson Poetzl Inc., will be called “Matt’s House”, named after Richard Brock’s son, who currently lives among the 3 million Americans with Type 1 Diabetes and is the inspiration in structuring such a unique opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the ongoing research.

The 6,400 sq. ft. home will sit on a 1.06 acre lot and feature 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 5 car garage, an office, pool and spa.

“As the father of a diabetic son, I understand the challenges that families face and sincerely hope that the involvement of BedBrock Developers can make a difference in advancing research.” says Richard Brock. He continues, “that house will always have special meaning to me.”

“We are so thankful to the Brock Family for making this generous commitment to JDRF,” said Cindy Adams, Executive Director.  “The funds raised from the sale of “Matt’s House” will help us make significant progress towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.”

You may view a letter here written by Matt Brock to the future home owner.


Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation Offer Fundraising Challenge

Rarely does an opportunity arise for one family to help transform the lives of so many. That time is now as The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation  has teamed up with JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Foundation) to offer a $500,000 matching grant. The goal and challenge is for the community to match the Parsons and have a $1,000,000 Fund-A-Cure, which means one hundred percent of the million dollars goes directly to JDRF encapsulation research. The match represents a powerful way for JDRF to significantly speed progress in its research.

Beta cell encapsulation represents advances that could become the foundation for a new approach to treating and ultimately curing Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Encapsulated cell therapy has the potential to virtually eliminate the relentless daily management burden for those living with T1D.

JDRF believes that the development of their Encapsulation Consortium will re-energize the field, spur innovation and continue advancements toward clinical testing.

“We like to say our foundation ‘deals in hope,’” said Bob Parsons, who, together with his wife Renee, founded The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation. “We help organizations that can truly make a difference and JDRF’s cutting-edge research is going to have a significant impact with the work going on right now to cure Type 1 Diabetes. By matching contributions, we hope others will be inspired to step up and give just a little bit more.”

“We are so grateful for the generous support of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation” said Cindy Adams, Executive Director. She adds, “This gift provides a significant leap forward in fulfilling our goal of raising $1 million in ONE night for research that will lead us to a cure for type 1 diabetes.”

Evening on the Diamond Presented by University of Phoenix

D-Backs CEO earns Goldwater award

Arizona Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall has been named the 2012 recipient of the Goldwater Community Service Award and will be honored at the 29th Noche de Gourmet Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the Wrigley Mansion. The Goldwater Community Service Awards, presented by the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix, honors a community leader with a strong record of philanthropic involvement, professional success in their field of work, and a desire to give back to the Phoenix area through serving on charitable and corporate boards and through public service.

“I am honored to be the first recipient of this prestigious award in a category where every nominee is truly deserving,” said Hall. “The Active 20-30 Club is a distinguished philanthropic club that works hard to improve the lives of children across the Valley, and I am proud to represent and be recognized by such an illustrious group of individuals.”

Hall was chosen among five nominees, including Arizona Treasurer and former Founder & CEO of Cold Stone Doug Ducey, Phoenix City Councilmember and Attorney for PING William Gates, Founder of Beyond the Flames Jason Schechterle and Executive Director of The First Tee of Phoenix Hugh Smith, Jr. The annual award is given to an individual who shows high moral and ethical character and will set the standard for the men of the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix to achieve as they continue to grow and develop in their profession and in their community.

A proven leader in the Arizona community, Hall currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Valley of the Sun United Way and leads the Hunger-Free Communities Plan Steering Committee, and is an active member of the Thunderbirds and Young President’s Organization. He serves on 27 boards, including the Arizona Mexico Commission, Great Hearts Academies, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer, US Airways Education Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul and Florence Crittendon. He has also raised money by serving as an event chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and the Foundation for Blind Children.