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Private Equity-Like Fund Aims to Speed Up Diabetes Research

Dave Johnson says his immediate reaction to his daughter’s diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at age 4 was typical of any father’s.

“It was my baby girl, and my response was I’m going to fix it or pay someone to fix it,” said Mr. Johnson, president and chief executive of the hotel management company Aimbridge Hospitality. “I dove in, spoke to some smart people. But then, I was hit between the eyes that there wasn’t a lot that I was going to be able to do.”

That was 22 years ago, and what he did do was volunteer with gusto, organizing fund-raisers in the Dallas area where he lived and working his way up to membership on the executive committee of the international board of the…

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 Private Equity-Like Fund Aims to Speed Up Diabetes Research

“Selfishly, I’d like to make a difference in my daughter’s life,” Mr. Johnson said. “But my heartstrings have also been torn by children whose parents don’t have the resources my wife and I do. These are great young people, and we’ve got to give them a shot.”

Beyond Type 1

Founded in 2015 by Juliet de Baubigny, Nick Jonas, Sarah Lucas + Sam Talbot, Beyond Type 1 is leveraging the power of social media and technology, changing what it means to live with a chronic disease. By educating the global community about this autoimmune disease, as well as providing resources and supporting those living with Type 1 diabetes, Beyond Type 1 is bridging the gap from diagnosis to cure, empowering people to live well today and funding a better tomorrow.

Defeat Diabetes Foundation

The mission of Defeat Diabetes Foundation is to inform, educate and alert the general public, diabetics, pre-diabetics and elected officials about the disease, its prevention and the consequences of undiagnosed and/or poorly managed diabetes and to provide accurate, up-to-date and practical information on the treatment and self-management of the disease.

Diabetic Youth Foundation

The mission of the Diabetic Youth Foundation is to improve the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes. The Foundation provides education and recreation within a supportive community, encouraging personal growth, knowledge and independence.

Insulin for Life

Insulin for Life is a not-for-profit organisation that collects and distributes insulin and other diabetes supplies that would otherwise be wasted. These are sent as a result of emergencies, and also on an ongoing, sustainable basis to recognised organisations and with agreed monitoring systems.


The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease which strikes children suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump.

Marjorie’s Fund

The mission of Marjorie’s Fund is to empower adolescents and adults living with type 1 diabetes in resource-poor settings to not only survive, but to effectively manage their diabetes and to thrive.


AYUDA's programs aim to provide children and adolescents living with diabetes in the developing world the education and empowerment they need to live happy, healthy, and long lives as leaders in the international community.

California Diabetes Foundation

California Diabetes Foundation is a Southern California based non-profit organization, established with the aims of creating awareness of the emerging national epidemic of the new millennium - Diabetes among the general population.

Cushings Support & Research Foundation

We are a 501 K non-profit organization dedicated to supporting patients with Cushing''s and their families. Since 1995, the CSRF has provided information for patients on the medical aspects of Cushing''s via newsletters and brochures and put Cushing''s patients in contact with other Cushing''s patients.

Diabetes Canada

Established over 50 years ago, the Canadian Diabetes Association is a charitable organization that has grown to include a presence in more than 150 communities across the country. The Canadian Diabetes Association promotes the health of Canadians through diabetes research, education, service and advocacy.

Diabetes Hope Foundation

It is the wish of Diabetes Hope Foundation that diabetes be eradicated. However, until this becomes a reality, Diabetes Hope Foundation is focused on providing children and adolescents with the survival tools they need to achieve success in all areas of their lives and to maintain good health in the years to come.

Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation

DRWF a 501c3 non-profit was founded to help and find the cure for diabetes and until that goal is achieved, to provide the care needed to combat the detrimental and life-threatening complications of this terrible disease.

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is the charity for people with diabetes, their family, friends and carers. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with the condition and work towards a future without diabetes.

Foundation Resources for Children's Diabetes

Hope for the prevention of, and a cure for, diabetes resides in ongoing research. The Diabetic Children's Foundation therefore provides funding to Canadian researchers in this field.

Hypoglycemia Support Foundation

The HSF will help you on your road to recovery. During the past 25 years of working with leading researchers and scientists in the field of preventive and holistic medicine, we have designed tools to help inform, direct, support and encourage hypoglycemics around the WORLD.

Jewish Diabetes Association

The mission of the Association is to spread the awareness of the need and possibility of the prevention and optimal control of diabetes and to help improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. We have a strong focus on the correlation between obesity, diabetes and other diabetes health related issues.

World Diabetes Foundation

The World Diabetes Foundation is dedicated to supporting prevention and treatment of diabetes in developing countries.

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