JDRF Track Day Invitational Raises Over $100,000 to Support Type 1 Diabetes Research

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Los Angeles, CA, April 23, 2018 -On Wednesday, April 18th the JDRF Los Angeles Chapter held its 7th Annual Track Day Invitational at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. With the support of Windsor Healthcare, L.A. Car Connection, RVW Wealth, Concord, Envoy, Edmunds.com, The Petersen Automotive Museum, The Cellar Beverly Hills, and The Eric and Yvette Edidin Foundation, JDRF LA raised more than $100,000 to help fund critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

The event, organized by JDRF LA staff and JDRF Board Member Eric Edidin, welcomed over 100 drivers who experienced the thrill of racing around the world-class, two mile, D-shaped roval Auto Club Speedway track.  Participants drove their own cars or chose from four race cars provided by Fast Toys: a 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302S, 2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge Evo, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, or 2012 Pescarolo 02 Le Mans Prototype.  Driving instructors were on hand so that all experience levels could be part of the exciting day.

“Community events like Track Day allow us to come together and raise awareness of type one diabetes, while also raising funds to support the necessary research needed to turn Type One into Type None,” said Chapter Executive Director, Judy Ranan. 

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults at any age. In type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system destroys the cells that release insulin, eventually eliminating insulin production from the body. Type 1 diabetes requires rigorous 24/7 monitoring of blood glucose levels to avoid devastating complications. T1D onset is sudden and unpreventable, and it is unrelated to diet or lifestyle.

Donations from the 7th Annual JDRF Track Day Invitational support funding for research on how to prevent, treat and ultimately cure T1D. This research has led to life-changing drugs, treatments, and devices, many of which have already moved into clinical trials and real-world testing.

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