Did you know... if a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5, by the time they are 18, they will have endured at least 18,980 finger pokes?

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Sonia Chritton, President

Sonia's sister has Type I diabetes, and her son was diagnosed when he was 1 1/2 years old. She has two other children participating in prevention trials. She has been actively donating, fundraising, studying and reviewing Type I research projects for ten years. She previously served on the ADA and JDRF boards and helped to review research grants for the JDRF. She has a B.S. in Finance and an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

Ellen H. Ullman, Vice President of Research

Ellen's son Zachary was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 15 months of age. She created a website KidsRPumping.Com to empower parents of children with diabetes to learn about pump therapy in children. Ellen and her family have actively supported diabetes research since Zachary's diagnosis in 1989. Ellen feels strongly that it is incumbent upon parents of children with diabetes to raise awareness and research dollars to cure Type 1 diabetes.

Douglas Cairns, Vice President International

Douglas lost a British Royal Air Force jet flying career to Type 1 Diabetes in 1989, and after gaining a USA private pilot licence in 2000, he founded Flying With Diabetes, a series of endurance-related aviation speed records to raise positive awareness of diabetes and raise funds for JDRF. Douglas is a co-ordinating founder of Pilots With Diabetes which advocates for commercial and private flying for pilots with insulin treated diabetes. Douglas lives in London, UK, and works in the asset management industry.

Lauren Lanning, Secretary

Lauren's daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 2. She works in non-profit and is webmaster of the CWDF website. She has been working with ChildrenWithDiabetes.com coordinating elementary programming. Lauren and her family have volunteered for and supported many diabetes organizations.



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