I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a few weeks before my 16th birthday. Today, 26 years later, I’m starting to develop low-level complications and my two daughters have the markers for the disease. So, as you can imagine, I’m driven to find a cure – for everyone affected by type 1.
I’m part of the Biomedical and Tissue Engineering team at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) – a place I truly believe to be the best hope for a cure. Early in my career, I was involved in more treatment-based work, but I knew that was never going to lead to a true cure. I found the cellular-based therapy work being done at the DRI fascinating.
I meet so many families who tour our facility. When I see the parents come in and see their eyes well up with tears, I understand that it’s not just about the patient. And I want to take that worry and fear away from them and give them this gift. I want to say to them, “It’s over. You can sleep easy and sleep through the whole night. Your child is going to be okay and wake up tomorrow just fine.”
Now that I’ve been at the Institute for 15 years, there’s a simple reason I’m still here. Everyone at the DRI and at the DRI Foundation is committed to finding a cure. It’s a remarkable place.
Learn more about the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine> DiabetesResearch.org