Growing up is hard enough for healthy kids. Imagine your son or daughter having diabetes in addition to the pressures of everyday life. They have to poke their fingers to test their blood and take insulin injections several times a day. We are now at the brink of a cure. Approximately 16 million Americans suffer from diabetes and with its many complications; diabetes is the leading cause of death and by disease in this country.
"Hope For A Cure Guild" was formed by a group of dedicated people who want to help in search for a cure for this deadly disease. We began our quest in 1999 in effort to rally behind our dear friends, Jim and Lucy Michaud, whose two children, Joseph and Monica, were diagnosed at the ages of 4 and 7 with Juvenile Diabetes in 1998. Feeling helpless, the Michaud's decided to fight for their children's future by hosting an annual fundraiser to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), an organization that gives more money toward research than any other non-profit, non-governmental health agency in the world.
In 2002, Hope For A Cure Guild and the Whittier Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital have joined together in efforts to provide community awareness of Juvenile Diabetes and to contribute funds for the benefit of research, education and to assist other organizations such as "Care Force One" a mobile health clinic in this endeavor. Thanks to your support we continue to be a major sponsor for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Annual Walk-a-Thon held every October.
The success of our benefits come entirely from your generosity and continued support, which enables us to make "hope" a reality. It is also the means of providing the necessary help needed to cope with the challenges of the disease until a cure is discovered.