This Necklace is Trying to Help Find a Cure for Diabetes!

The last several years, I've donated a necklace to be auctioned during the JDRF Dream Gala event. I feel honored to get to be a small part of this great organization's fundraising. My personal connection to JDRF is that I am a Type 1 diabetic. 

Just a quick bit of information- Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, unlike the more common Type 2 that most people know at least a little bit about.  Type 1s don't produce insulin, so we have to inject synthetic insulin (multiple times, daily) to live.  It's a complicated condition (and I have a whole blog website dedicated to My Type 1 Diabetes if you'd like to read more about my experience with it for many years), but made so much easier with advances in the technology and insulins that have become available more recently.  And we have JDRF to thank for a lot of that.  They are the global leaders of funding T1D research. 

So I am happy- more than happy- that I get to contribute something to be auctioned off at the JDRF gala to raise money for research again this year.  It's a win-win for sure!

Here's the necklace I made for the event.

 Repurposed Vintage Pendant Necklace

Repurposed Vintage Pendant Necklace

I tried several different pendants with the funky little mismatched beads I used before finding the one I thought worked best.

 Other vintage pendant options I considered...

Other vintage pendant options I considered...

I think the pendant I went was the best fit- color,design,size and shape-wise. I loved wire wrapping all those beads together.  Each one is so unique!

I hope someone likes it so much that they make a HUGE bid on it, and it goes into an ENORMOUS pot of money that will be raised by all sorts of awesome things being auctioned at the Dream Gala.  And someday, we're going to have a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.  Sounds like a pretty good dream to me!

 A part of the cure for diabetes!

A part of the cure for diabetes!