2016 marks the ninth year Team ViaCyte has participated in the JDRF One Walk by fundraising and walking in the San Diego event. The walk took place Saturday, November 12, at Balboa Park, where the ViaCyte team and family members joined others in the San Diego community to show our support.
In a special tribute this year, Team ViaCyte dedicated our walk to Jordan Klein. As the son of Robert Klein, who led the successful Proposition 71 campaign that established the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), Jordan was an important part of our type 1 diabetes (T1D) community.
Jordan passed away earlier this year, at the age of 26, from complications related to T1D. We at ViaCyte are extremely saddened by his untimely death. This tragic loss only further shows us the urgency of our mission and the importance of not stopping until we can deliver a cure. We walked this year in memory of Jordan, and in support of all of the efforts that seek to one day turn Type One into Type None.
Each year, JDRF holds more than 200 walks across the country with more than 900,000 people who raise over $68 million annually for life-changing T1D research that focuses on development of treatments that will reduce or eliminate the need for daily insulin injections.
We are proud to participate in the JDRF One Walk because JDRF and all the walk participants have been, and continue to be, tremendous supporters of our research. At ViaCyte we are dedicated to developing novel cell replacement therapies as potential long-term diabetes treatments to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia and diabetes-related complications. The ongoing research and development of ViaCyte’s product candidates, PEC-Direct and PEC-Encap, has been made possible by the vision of, and critical funding from, JDRF and CIRM.
At this year’s walk, Team ViaCyte had over 70 supporters who have registered as walkers, virtual walkers, or donors. Thanks to our friends and family, we have already surpassed our 2016 fundraising goal of $15,000 and we continue to welcome donations through and beyond the date of the walk.
To donate to JDRF through Team ViaCyte, please visit our fundraising webpage.
Team ViaCyte’s 2016 T-shirt dedicating our walk to Jordan Klein.