On Feb. 24th, 2018, the JDRF Promise Gala in Omaha, Nebraska raised $1.3 million to Fund a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Standout items in the live auction included Angie Crabtree’s 24 inch painting of a yellow diamond (who has type 1 Diabetes) for $27,000 and a pair of tickets to the CMC Awards for $21,000. Angie’s yellow emerald cut painting, titled “Olivia,” was named after a Type 1 Diabetic child.

The 21st annual event featured singer Eric Paslay, and drew in 1,021 guests. Special guests Steve and Alicia Loftus and their three children, two of whom are living with Type 1 Diabetes. Steve said, “I know the only way we can find a cure is by continuing to research momentum with the help of everyone here. From our family, and the millions of others living with Type 1 Diabetes, thank you.”

Type 1 Diabetes, formally referred to as Juvenile Diabetes, is a chronic autoimmune condition that has no cure. Children and adults with Type 1 survive by taking multiple daily insulin injections; it cannot be treated through diet or exercise like Type 2 diabetes. Although the condition can be treated, it causes short and long term health complications including hypoglycemia (low sugar coma), ketoacidosis (high sugar coma), neuropathy, and retinopathy.

Angie Crabtree was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 12 years old, and continues to support JDRF into turning “Type One into Type None.”

Giving BackAngie Crabtree