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JDRF Reaches Out To Fort McMurray Evacuees with Type 1 Diabetes

>> Friday, May 13, 2016

In the wake of the wildfires that have ravaged Fort McMurray, there have been many heartwarming stories of outreach and support to victims of this monumental natural disaster.

The JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is reaching out to Fort Mac victims living with type 1 diabetes to help ensure they have ongoing access to insulin, test strips and supplies.  Here is the media release directly from the JDRF:

Media Advisory
JDRF Canada Assisting Fort McMurray Individuals Living with Type 1 Diabetes

The North Central Alberta & Northwest Territories Chapter of JDRF Canada is coordinating with local type 1 diabetes (T1D) support groups to provide assistance for T1D families evacuated from Fort McMurray with their insulin related needs.

Families who were forced to evacuate may have limited access to insulin, test strips and other related supplies. Local social media groups for people living with T1D have been very active with families offering to share their supplies with families in need. “Many people are now in the Edmonton Area while others are in camps around Fort McMurray”, said Dorothy Ross, Regional Director for JDRF in Western Canada “We are compiling the lists of people that are in need with people who can share some of their supply, both in the Fort McMurray area and in other communities in the region.”

People who are either in need of or able to offer supplies can contact JDRF at1-855-428-0343 or local at 780-428-0343. For after hours support, please e-mail JDRF staff will coordinate resources with those in need.

About JDRF
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries. For more information, please visit

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