Jun Martz's granddaughter, Trinity, was diagnosed at the age of 5 with Type 1 Diabetes, which is an autoimmune attack in which the pancreas no longer produces insulin (the body cannot function without insulin). Jun stepped up weeks after this crisis hit their family and decided to fight for her granddaughter and all of those living with Type 1 Diabetes. Since then she has served as the President of the local JDRF Triangle Board, the National Leadership Giving Working Group, the T1D Voices Council, Triangle Outreach Committee, and as a Research Information Volunteer. Most importantly she has been a leader of our community showing those battling this disease that we can fight back and setting an example for her granddaughter too. Following in her grandmothers footsteps, Trinity, at the age of 10 became a voice for this fight when she became a JDRF Children's Congress Delegate and went to Washington DC to tell her story to raise awareness and ask for the government to help fund research. Jun has been a leader of this community and has served on many committees, but has also been there to meet families that have just been diagnosed to help them find their way
Jun’s personal mission is to create a world without T1D (Type 1 Diabetes). This disease affects over 1.25 million Americans. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that leaves the individual without a working pancreas. In order to live the individual must begin insulin therapy through shots or an insulin pump. The challenge with this treatment is that it’s often not possible to know precisely how much insulin to take. The amount is based on many factors, including: food, exercise, stress, emotions and general health. These factors fluctuate greatly throughout every day. So, deciding on what dose of insulin to take is a complicated balancing act. Over the years that Jun has served and volunteered, there has been much progress in this treatment, making the daily burden of T1D less of an impact, and there are over 77 human clinical trials currently going on to better treatment and ultimately cure T1D.
Jun has impacted more lives than she is probably aware of. She has impacted the lives of her granddaughter and their family by showing her she can fight for a cause, and make progress! She has impacted each family she has come in contact with by showing them that there is hope and that they too can have a part in this mission and this fight and also comforting them and answering questions as they go through the initial shock of the diagnosis. She has served on many committees and made an impact on strategy to help the organization be more efficient in its mission to find a cure and better treatment for T1D. Because of her leadership and support, JDRF was able to help bring first Artificial Pancreas to market for consumers to use. This device help takes the daily burden of T1D away while also helping eliminate long term complications of the disease.
The thing I most admire about Jun is the fact that there is no task too large or too small for her to take on when it comes to this mission. Jun will make strategic plans with the national team of JDRF and the same day be in the office stuffing envelopes for an upcoming local event. Jun has shown such great leadership by leading the example that every task is an important one and will bring us one step closer to finding a cure.
The $50,000 donation could make a very large impact on JDRF and those living with Type 1 Diabetes. JDRF currently has many incredible research projects and human clinical trials that are being held up because the lack of funds to support the trials. This means the research is there, we are just waiting on the funds to begin the trials! This donation could help progress those trials so that better treatment and ultimately a cure could come to the market sooner, which could help eliminate the complications of this disease and what those living with this disease go through everyday.