Next month, on Saturday October 14, 2017, LLoyd employees will come together for the JDRFOne Walk, the largest TID event in the world with the goal of raising money and awareness for those living with Type 1 Diabetes and creating a safer and healthier environment for them.
T1D for many years was often associated and referred to as “Juvenile Diabetes” because onset of this autoimmune disease frequently showed itself in children; but Type 1 diabetes strikes kids as well as adults. There is no age distinction and it often comes on suddenly, causes independence on injected or pumped insulin for life and carries the constant threat of devasting complications. Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes are not the same. T1D lasts a lifetime and is the result of the pancreas stopping insulin production, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T2D is a metabolic disorder in which a person’s body still produces insulin, but is unable to use it effetively.
LLoyd has partnered with JDRF – the leading global organization funding T1D research. It’s goal is to turn Type One into Type None through an eventual cure, fueled by scientific research, regulatory impact and a better understanding of this life changing disease.
According to LLoyd’s President, Keith Banks, he and his brother Jason Banks, EVP chose JDRF for a reason.
“We decided we wanted LLoyd to have a direct connection to a cause that mattered to us personally and to focus on one cause in a bigger way than to make smaller contributions across a broad range of platforms. Our mother, great grandmother and close family friends have all had to manage the life of a diabetic. It always remained private and within our family as a kind of silent disease. When we lost our mother in 2012 to a sickness that was complicated by diabetes, we suddenly realized how great her battle had always been and how she fought it every day with a smile and without fuss.”
The result of the LLoyd-JDRF relationship was the launch of a program called Placements with a Purpose in which a donation is allocated to JDRF for every candidate referred by LLoyd who is hired by a client and/or for every temporary associate out working on a client assignment. This year the program is already nearing the $12,000 mark with a quarter still to go in 2017. Says Keith Banks, “When companies do business with LLoyd, we are helping to do something good with their investment in our services. Corporate social responsibility is a LLoyd core value and giving back to the community truly matters to us.”
Jason Banks notes, “We’ve worked with both the Long Island and South Florida Chapters of JDRF. They’ve been very helpful in educating our staff and making it more meaningful to them by introducing us to a JDRF family and Youth Ambassador.”
LLoyd HQs JDRF family is the Apontes whose son was diagnosed four years ago. For two years running, the Apontes have joined Lloyd at corporate headquarters in Melville, NY to share their story and how their lives changed with Daniel’s diagnosis.
This year, Daniel his younger brother William and parents Meredeth and Danny showed up in their family team tee shirts emblazoned with a Superman themed logo representing their desire to knock out T1D. Daniel read our staff a heartfelt essay which is reproduced here.
We invite our clients, friends and corporate family to join us at the Suffolk County JDRF One Walk at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, NY on October 14, 2017.
Let’s do this!
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