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After a car-trip to “Polo on the Prairie” required a surprising number rest stops, the word “diabetes” became a part of the Briggs’ family vocabulary.
“Our daughter, Anne, was only eight years old at the time of her Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis,” said Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who along with wife, Nancy, sponsored the recent “Fund the Cure” luncheon benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “As any parent can imagine, it’s very difficult to see this beautiful, perfect child and know that this is something that you can’t fix.”
At the time of her diagnosis, JDRF hoped for a cure in the next decade. Twenty-two years later, enormous strides have been made toward treatment, prevention and, soon, a cure. “Today, we are able to lead full lives and I believe that we are very close to a cure,” said Anne Briggs who spoke at the luncheon. Anne and childhood friend Benton Bagot, are leading a new generation of JDFR supporters to continue the march toward a cure.
“I believe there is a silver lining in everything, and meeting the people at JDRF was certainly one of ours,” said Robbie Briggs. “Their dedication to research and finding a cure will get us there.”
For information on the latest research and opportunities to support JDRF, please go to diabetes.org.