TOPP Foundation Donates $40,000 to T1D Cure Research

TOPP Foundation, a local type 1 diabetes nonprofit, made a $40,000 donation to the Diabetes Research Institute.

(left to right) TOPP Co-founders: Christine Gunsiorowski, Kim McCleary, and Alli Curro
(left to right) TOPP Co-founders: Christine Gunsiorowski, Kim McCleary, and Alli Curro (Photo credit: TOPP Foundation )

TOPP Foundation (Type One Parent Project), a local type 1 diabetes (T1D) nonprofit, made a $40,000 donation to the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) on October 5, 2020. All donations to DRI go directly towards cutting-edge medical research aimed at curing type 1 diabetes.

While people with Type 1 Diabetes do not have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, they could be at a greatly increased risk of serious complications from any virus or infection. Now, more than ever, TOPP Foundation stands committed to continuing their partnership with DRI because of their commitment to develop a biological cure for diabetes and freeing countless adults and children from the daily burden of this relentless chronic illness.

“This $40,000 donation is the largest one-time donation we have made since TOPP Foundation began in 2016. Thanks to our generous supporters, we are proud that our total endowment to the DRI is now $70,000 and is aimed directly at curing type 1 diabetes.”- Christine Gunsiorowski, TOPP Foundation Co-Founder & President.

Tom Karlya, Senior Vice President for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, and a parent to two children living with type 1 diabetes, stated; “In as much as we are so grateful to those in the TOPP Foundation, equally rewarding is watching this relationship grow. These are a group of parents that are in their community outreaching, teaching, helping those living with type one diabetes. Them tending to the caring of today and looking to the Diabetes Research Institute for the cure to come, makes a great partnership. We cherish it.”

TOPP raised the money in part by hosting their annual Cocktails for a Cure fundraiser last Fall on November 2, 2019. TOPP’s 6th annual Cocktails for a Cure fundraiser that was scheduled for this November was cancelled due to COVID-19 and the social distancing restrictions. Over the past 5 years, this fundraiser and their annual designer bag bingo fundraiser has allowed TOPP to provide support to local T1D families and make significant donations to cure-focused research, such as this $40,000 donation to the Diabetes Research Institute.

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