For over three generations, Type 1 Diabetes has impacted the Buonavolanto Family and is something in which we take very seriously. Striving to find a cure for this disease is not just a personal mission for us, but is a cause we strongly desire to support for the betterment of the world.
Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. T1D strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
By raising funds through our restaurants to fuel research efforts, it has been such a pleasure to partner with the Illinois Chapter of JDRF to fight the good fight against Type 1 Diabetes. Together we have made such an impact on the great people of Illinois in hopes of improving their lives in any way possible just as we have tirelessly worked to encourage our family to stand strong and keep moving forward.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF's goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion in charitable research over the past 45 years.