ERIE Stepped Up For Kids and a Cure

Pictured in the first row (holding check): Diane Sickles, JDRF branch manager, and ERIE Employee Jen Kubiak. Second row: ERIE Employees Linda Hart, Chris Britt, Katie Yochim, Dawn Harris and Rose Gapinski. Back row: CEO and President Terry Cavanaugh, and Employees Patty Kamper, Rob Hart, Scott Yochim, Jodie Turri and Mike Bova.

Nov. 14, 2011 - Think Type 1 Diabetes isn’t common? Think again. In Erie, Pa. alone, 27 children have been diagnosed so far this year. Add that to the three million Americans who have Type 1 Diabetes and you have a disease that touches families across the nation.

Many Employees at ERIE are touched by diabetes. That’s why the 2011 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) campaign inspired many of them to support the cause with jeans days, ice cream sales, a book sale, golf tournament and other activities.

Overall, ERIE Employees raised more than $41,000 for the JDRF campaign this year.

“Thanks to its phenomenal team, this year has been record-breaking for the amount of money that was raised by ERIE,” says Diane Sickles, JDRF Northwestern Pennsylvania branch manager. “There are such great medical advances and research being done, and JDRF is very thankful for ERIE’s generosity and commitment to our campaign.”

A new fundraiser, the JDRF Executive Challenge, raised more than $10,000. “I was very pleased to see all of the support from the Home Office and the field offices for the challenge,” said Executive Vice President of Services and challenge winner Chip Dufala. “The entire executive team is thrilled that the funds raised will go to help children and their families.”

The JDRF book sale, now in its seventh year, raised more than $5,500 for JDRF. “The volunteers and I put so much effort into the book sale,” says Linda Hart, senior production control analyst and book sale coordinator. “We really wanted to make it count.”

Saturday, Sept. 24, concluded fundraising efforts in Erie with the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Forty-five walkers, who collectively raised more than $7,500, participated in the 5K walk around Presque Isle State Park.