Meet Jake Fine, who in 2004, at the tender age of seven, was diagnosed with Type-1 Juvenile Diabetes. And thus he was unwillingly inducted into an exclusive club of 246 million people across the world who live with this terrible disease. But Jake stands out above the rest because within two weeks of his diagnosis, he and his older brother Daniel began to fundraise for the cause under the name Team Brotherly Love.
Since then, as a duo they’ve participated in numerous walks and other events including the JDRF Golf & Tennis Open, which has now become an annual event. The family also founded a campaign called "Dollars for Diabetes" (Saving Lives. Finding a Cure), which teaches the ideas of philanthropy to children who solicit in all facets of life to raise money to fight diabetes. To date all of their efforts have totaled over $600,000!
Jake’s condition may require that he keep a painstakingly accurate account of every morsel of food he eats, but he isn’t letting that stop him from fundraising for a cure. The United Nations honored this eleven-year-old for his tireless efforts by asking him to speak at this year’s World Diabetes Day kick off.
In 2006, the United Nations recognized diabetes as posing as serious a global health threat as infectious epidemics such as HIV/AIDS. The UN resolution designated November 14 as World Diabetes Day.
For more on this day and its purpose, check out our “Why a Diabetes Day?” article, and stop by our Diabetes page for additional info on the silent epidemic.