JDRF will hold gala in Omaha Saturday night

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The JDRF gala returns to Omaha on Saturday after going virtual last year.

The gala, one of the state’s largest, has raised more than $12 million for Type 1 diabetes research since the first event in 1998.

The disease affects more than 1.6 million people in the U.S., including Lindi Janulewicz, who was diagnosed when she was just 3 years old.

“I’ve lived with diabetes for 37 years,” and when I look back at was available back in the day compared to today it is mind-boggling, the difference in technology,” she said. “And JDRF has been integral in providing that research to make that technology possible and then to make it available to the people who need it.”

Some of the research JDRF is involved in includes beta cell transplants that can produce insulin.

Researchers are also studying gene editing, which limits the need to administer insulin and makes it up to 10 times more affordable.

The gala begins with a silent auction and cocktails at 6 p.m. at the CHI Health Center. A live auction, dinner and live music will follow.

If you are interested in going, click here.


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