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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.
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