?The Jim Tyree Chairman's Choice Award was presented to Ford
at JDRF's annual OneConference in Washington, D.C.?
Chairmans Choice 2013
New York, NY, July 30, 2013 ? JDRF
presented its Jim Tyree Chairman's Choice Award yesterday to longtime volunteer and leader Cynthia Ford
significant contributions to JDRF
on behalf of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D), including her
The annual award was given during a special ceremony at JDRF's OneConference in Washington, D.C.
"Cynthia has demonstrated years of tireless advocacy and commitment to JDRF, and her hard work and passionate character have helped to drive impactful progress for people with type 1 diabetes," says Dick Allen, chair of JDRF's International Board of Directors.
"As a parent of a son with type 1 diabetes, Cynthia
shares the same vision as I do for my granddaughter, of a world without this disease.
With the outstanding contributions of JDRF
volunteers and supporters like her
, we are confident that vision will become a reality."
Shortly after Albert was diagnosed with T1D
in 1997, Mrs. Ford
began volunteering her
time to JDRF
's Government Relations Department (now Advocacy
and Policy), calling representatives and advocating support of T1D research-a process she
remains passionate about today.
family also became involved in local events through the JDRF
Metro Detroit/Southeast Michigan Chapter, including Gala events and the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.
impact on JDRF
's efforts grew steadily, and she
has become a leading volunteer on both national and international levels.
She has served on JDRF's International Board of Directors and was chair of the JDRF 2009 Children's Congress, chair of JDRF's Annual Conference in 2012, and chair of the JDRF Government Relations Committee from 2011 to 2013.
In addition to working with leadership in her local JDRF chapter, Mrs. Ford currently serves on JDRF's Executive Committee and is a leading advocate on Capitol Hill for the renewal of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), which provides approximately one-third of all federal funding for T1D research.
Among Mrs. Ford's
many accomplishments, her
insight and dedication recently guided JDRF
through two successful advocacy campaigns: in 2011-12, to influence the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
to issue regulatory guidance to enable researchers to continue important testing of artificial pancreas technologies; and in 2012-13, to persuade Congress to renew the SDP.
"It's been a great honor to devote my energy to an organization whose mission I believe in, and whose efforts I champion," says Mrs. Ford
has provided support and hope to my family and to so many others who are impacted by type 1 diabetes.
I'm thrilled to receive this award from people I have worked alongside and respect.
We are on this journey toward eliminating this disease together, and this is for all of us."
appreciation for teamwork is reflected in the fact that supporting JDRF
is a family affair.
In fact, Ford Motor Company-of which her
husband, Edsel, serves on the board of directors-and its dedicated employees have raised more than $43 million for JDRF
in the past 15 years.
"Passionate leaders like Jim Tyree and Cynthia Ford
have fueled this organization to keep working toward our goal of removing this disease altogether.