Helping to build a sense of community around Diabetes.
JIM & WENDY LORIA ANNOUNCE
FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The founders of the Jim’s Team 4 Diabetes Foundation announced plans to begin awarding a $500 college scholarship on a yearly basis to a graduating high school senior student diagnosed with Type One Diabetes here in the USA.
The first-ever recipient of the Loria Family Scholarship Award is Michael Landon Almond from New London, North Carolina. He was chosen out of a group of 24 student applicants that were submitted to the Jim’s Team from across the country. Michael was first diagnosed with Type One at age five. He plans to enroll at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC this fall to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice and fulfill his lifelong dream to one day become a State Trooper for his hometown state.
Jim’s Team 4 Diabetes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Foundation created by its namesake (Jim Loria) after being diagnosed with Late Onset Type 1 Diabetes on June 11, 2021 at the age of 66. A sports team marketing professional for over 40 years, Jim has devoted much of his personal time and energy throughout his career to helping raise well over a million dollars from several hundred’s of charitable events across the country that assisted local organizations and individual families in need wherever his job brought him.
Seeing first hand the many life changes and challenges that Diabetes presents on a daily basis, Jim has embraced this new “calling in life” and plans to use his passion for charitable service to help others in need that are affected by this disease that has no known cure.
FAST FACTS ON DIABETES
- 37.3 million people in the USA are currently living with Diabetes (11.3% of US population)
- 96 million people age 18-years or older have Prediabetes (38% of the Adult US population)
- Diabetes currently ranks as the third most expensive health condition in the USA to manage on a daily basis
(Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
To help support families across the country where possible that often cannot afford the cost of their Diabetic equipment and supplies. To provide college scholarships for high school seniors living with Type 1 Diabetes that seek to advance their education at a 2-or-4-year college and or trade school within the USA. As well, to provide Free Summer Camperships for T1D kids.
The Jim’s Team will also look to help support programs in U.S. cities that fill a critical need for Diabetes.
I will never forget the date of June 11, 2021. It was the day my body felt like it was failing me and I was not prepared to hear the words my family doctor would tell me within an hour of my arrival at the Allina Health Clinic in Blaine, Minnesota. Words that I had Type 1 Diabetes.
I sat there stunned in silence. Even my doctor didn’t know quite what to make of my situation? He informed me that my Blood Sugar levels were off the charts and had surpassed the highest levels the clinic’s lab could even detect. I would be told my level measured 454 at the time and my A1C tested out at 11.3. My internal organs – pancreas, gallbladder, liver, and kidneys – were on the verge of shutting down and each elevated 2-to-3 times their normal levels.