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Each year, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( JDRF) One Walk brings together more than 900,000 people across the country to change the future for people living with Type 1 diabetes (T1D).

This fun, family–friendly event gives people with T1D– and their friends, family and co–workers– the opportunity to raise money for life-changing T1D research, together striving to create a world without T1D. To raise awareness of T1D, throughout the year JDRF hosts an annual One Walk in cities around the country, including Jacksonville, Florida.

Grimes Sponsors Jacksonville JDRF OneWalk to Fight Type I Diabetes

A long-time supporter of the non-profit organization, the Grimes Companies have sponsored JDRF for the past eight years. We sat down with Candace Monroe, the Development Manager at JDRF North Florida, to learn more about One Walk and why Jacksonville residents and companies should participate in this local event.

What is the JDRF? What does the JDRF do?

JDRF ( Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D). JDRF has raised $2 billion to date and continues to make significant progress in research through a variety of partnerships throughout the scientific community. We work every day to find ways to make the lives of people with T1D healthier and happier. Our ultimate goal is to turn Type 1 into Type None.

What does the JDRF do in the North Florida area?

The North Florida Chapter of the JDRF covers a large area of North Florida. We offer continuing support and education for those with T1D—including adults and children—in over 30 Florida counties, including Duval. Our annual fundraising events include our One Walk and Gala. We distribute starter backpacks, “Bags of Hope” to hospitals that are filled with useful information and items necessary to give patients a head start on understanding this – if left untreated – life-threatening disease. The North Florida Chapter receives generous support from individuals, families, social and philanthropy groups, and even local businesses like the Grimes Companies to raise funds for research. We also work with amazing groups of volunteers who offer their time and talents at the office and during our many events. The Grimes Companies are a long-time sponsor of the JDRF. As a trucking and logistics company, we have donated reefer trucks to support the annual One Walk.

What does the JDRF do with the reefer trucks we donate?

Good question! The reefer trucks donated by the Grimes Companies play a big part in the organization and set up of the annual Jacksonville One Walk. In preparation for the event, we load all of the stuff we need—drinks, signs, T-shirts, decorations, banners, and food—into the truck to be delivered to the site of the Jacksonville One Walk, this year downtown in Metropolitan Park. On the morning of the One Walk, JDRF staff and volunteers arrive at 5am, unload the truck and start getting ready for the big day!

Why should local businesses in Jacksonville get involved with and support the JDRF?

Local companies can benefit from teaming with JDRF in several ways. Many businesses want to enhance their relationship with their community, and the JDRF reaches out to a large population in Northern Florida. Teaming up with JDRF is a great way for Jacksonville companies to interact with local citizens and businesses alike. Our board members and volunteers come from a variety of businesses and social groups that are very active within the Jacksonville community. To make the event more of a fun team-building exercise, many of our corporate partners encourage employees to form teams for walks and even inter-office competitions.

Why should logistics companies in particular support the JDRF?

We value the support of logistics companies like Grimes in particular because of their diverse nature and the fact that they have so many resources to pull from. We at JDRF often need to move large items to and from events. Computers, tables, tents, banners, printed materials, podiums and more can effortlessly be moved by skilled professionals who understand the importance of getting things to the right place at the right time.

The 2016 Jacksonville JDRF One Walk was held downtown in Metropolitan Park on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Starting at 9am, participants chose between a 1-mile and 3-mile course. Sound like fun? Join JDRF, the Grimes Companies and other Jacksonville residents and businesses next year for a fun local event supporting a great cause! Special Thanks to Freedom 1 for supplying the refrigerated trailer!

JDRF Jacksonville Candace MonroeCandace Monroe, Development Manager at JDRF North Florida As a chapter leader of JDRF, Candace’s responsibilities include managing areas of marketing and communications, event coordination and execution, website management, and database execution.

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