Wednesday, 22 May 2019
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One Hope Seacoast raises funds for childhood diabetes – Seacoastonline.com

PORTSMOUTH�� Seacoast residents Cindy and Bob Durkee hosted the inaugural One Hope Seacoast fundraising event to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Two of the Durkees� three children live with T1D.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person�s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Type 1 diabetics are dependent on insulin for life. T1D affects 1.25 million Americans with 40,000 new cases each year.

�My hope for the future is that everyone with Type 1 can go one day without thinking about it,� said Jordan Durkee, 19, of New Castle.

The event was held this past Friday at the Tuscan Kitchen and featured a cocktail reception with open bar, passed hors d�oeuvres and food stations. The host, Bob Durkee, along with Stefany Shaheen and Dr. Daniel Nigrin, senior vice president and chief information officer of Boston Children�s Hospital, inspired the audience with personal testimonies and important medical advancements in diabetes research.

Shaheen�s book, �Elle & Coach,� co-written with Mark Dagostino, details how her daughter deals with juvenile diabetes and the family�s service dog, Coach.

Local T1D kids were interviewed on video describing their daily challenges, created by Mike Bernard of Fuel Creative Media. When asked what is challenging about having T1D, Jordan Durkee said �Diabetes is always in the back of my mind. It is between life or death for me so I always have to be on top of it.� Josh Durkee, 17, of New Castle, added �Nighttime blood sugar lows and highs are the worst to deal with. I�m trying to sleep, my Dexcom beeps. I lose sleep two to three times a week.�

A silent and live auction included donations from many local families and businesses followed by led by local auctioneer Joe Moore of J Moore Auctioneers of Portsmouth.

Event sponsors included Moss Electric, Aileen Dugan/State Farm Insurance, Secure Planning, CIT, iCapital, Great Island Realty, the O�Gara family and CGI Business Solutions.

One Hope Seacoast raised close to $50,000 at the sold-out event. The Durkees said they look forward to making this an annual fundraiser including a larger venue with live music next year.

Source: https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20190511/one-hope-seacoast-raises-funds-for-childhood-diabetes

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