Fords give $1M donation to juvenile diabetes fight

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

A nonprofit working toward finding a cure for type 1 diabetes received a $1 million gift from Cynthia and Edsel B. Ford II, longtime leaders in the effort.

The Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan Chapter of the JDRF, a national research funding and advocacy group, received the gift from the Fords who made the announcement Friday at the Promise Ball Gala in Detroit. The event raised more than $2 million.

The Metro Detroit couple became involved in JDRF when their son, Albert, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 4.

“With so much progress being made toward a cure, we believe now is the ideal time to make this commitment to help continue the research momentum,” said Cynthia Ford, a member of JDRF’s International Board of Directors.

“JDRF funded researchers are closer than ever in history to finding the cure for T1D. This gift will help provide even more support so that JDRF can fund more leading edge projects that will ultimately get us to the end goal of eliminating type 1 diabetes forever. We are honored to be in a position to help make this work possible.”

“It takes a team to make headway in our quest to create a world without T1D, and Cynthia and Edsel are incredible members of JDRF’s team,” said Derke Rapp, JDRF president and CEO.

jchambers@detroitnews.com