Nick Jonas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was just 13 years old. Since then, he has been an outspoken figure for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and now he has been appointed as the National Chair of JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes.
"As a person living day to day with diabetes and recognizing the tremendous contribution the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has done for our community, I couldn't be more honored to serve as the National Chair for the Walk to Cure Diabetes," Nick said.
What does this mean? Well, Nick will help JDRF, an organization that funds type 1 diabetes research, get people to participate in its annual walks, which take place in over 200 locations worldwide. He'll also become the face of JDRF's walks by filming online videos and PSAs to help spread the word. Last year, the walks raised roughly $75 million, so Nick's got some big shoes to fill.
In the past, Nick has done a lot to support diabetes research. He has been committed to raising awareness through the Jonas Brothers' Change for the Children Foundation (remember when they played softball with us?), and even testified in Congress to petition for continued federal funding for diabetes research.
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition that affects the production of insulin in children and adults. There is currently no cure for the disease. Good luck, Nick! We think you'll do a great job.%Poll-48414%