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Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an
autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the
insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While its causes are not yet entirely
understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental
triggers are involved.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. Driven by
passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and
adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D
research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by
T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing,
better treating, and preventing T1D. More than 80 percent of JDRF's
expenditures directly support research and research-related education. JDRF
will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.