The Treubig Family, of Hudson, Honored as Volunteers of the Year
(Northeast Ohio) The Treubig family has been honored as 2011’s Volunteer of the Year by Northeast Ohio’s chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Stephanie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on August 14, 2000, at the age of ten. Soon after being diagnosed, the family started becoming involved with their local chapter of JDRF. Over ten years later Stephanie and her parents, Jeff and Donna, are being honored for all of their hard work and contributions to JDRF.
The whole family advocates for JDRF many different ways. In 2003, Stephanie went to Washington D.C.as an Ohio delegate for Children’s Congress. There was she was able to advocate to Congress for money for diabetes research. She also has been going to Camp Ho Mita Koda, a camp for children with diabetes, for the past eight years and has been a counselor for the past two years. Jeff, her father is the chair for the annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Donna, her mother, has served as the President for Akron/Canton’s JDRF chapter board. All of them have also spoke at community and corporate meetings for JDRF.
They have been most involved with the walk around Akron/Canton. Their family’s team, Stephanie’s Steamers, has been around since Stephanie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. They have held several fundraising events for their team. The most recent one was partnering with a hair salon in Hudson, to weave blue hair extensions in customers’ hair during the month of November.
JDRF is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.
The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump – each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its potential complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke and amputation.
Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to diabetes research and research-related education. For more information, please visit www.jdrf.org.