“Often a family doesn’t have [Type 1 diabetes] in its history, and you tend to feel alone,” recalls Jaimie Robinson about the day her daughter Taylor received the diagnosis—April 8, 2012. That’s when she became involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Boston chapter. She’s remained active in local chapters through moves to Tampa and to Nashville in 2014, when her husband, Jon, accepted a job with the Tennessee Titans, where he is currently executive vice president and general manager.
In each city, Jaimie gladly took on bigger volunteer roles—raising money and helping T1D families. Here, she sits on the board and chaired the auction committee for the 2017 Promise Gala, JDRF’s signature fundraiser. Her biggest accomplishment by far was as 2018 gala co-chair with Jon. The record-breaking event at Nissan Stadium raised a staggering $1.825 million!
Jaimie is grateful to the JDRF community for the help it’s given her and Taylor and for the strength they have to help others who struggle with the disease. “When someone is newly diagnosed, I say ‘welcome to the family.’ You don’t always want to be in this type of family, but that’s what JDRF is to us: family.” It’s reassuring to know passionate volunteers like Jaimie are here to help.
JDRF is the leading organization funding Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. They are improving lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.