2008-10-15 / Features

JDRF Holds Third Annual Local Fundraiser

(L. to r.): City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Paul Vallone, candidate for the 19th City Council district seat, Walter Pericic, holding his younger son, Justin, Councilmember James Gennaro, Dorene Pericic and in front of Peter Vallone, Aidan Pericic (c.) and two young friends.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) held its third annual Brooklyn/Queens Board Golf Benefit in conjunction with the Aidan Tyler Foundation on October 6 at the Clearview Park Golf Course in Queens.

JDRF is the world's largest charitable funder and advocate of Type 1 diabetes research. Founded in 1970 by parents of children with Type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.3 billion to dia-

betes research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease that suddenly

strikes children and makes them perpetually dependent on insulin, requiring either constant injections or insulin infusion through a pump. Unfortunately, insulin is not a cure, and the mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the only hope there is, research.

Walter Pericic, 2008 co-chair of the event, has a son, Aidan, who has been battling Type 1 diabetes since he was diagnosed at 11 months of age. Throughout the years, Aidan has benefited greatly by the research and dedication provided by JDRF.

Friends, family and supporters were all gathered at the benefit and silent auction in support of Aidan and many others battling with Type 1 diabetes. In addition to the many supporters were City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Councilmember and candidate for state Senate Jim Gennaro, and Paul Vallone, a candidate for the 19th City Council District in Northeast Queens.

Paul Vallone, thanked all in attendance for the important work they have done on behalf of children afflicted with diabetes, and declared that a true testament to Aidan and all children in need was the amazing response received from this event.

Paul Vallone is a member of the New York City Board of Corrections, which regulates the Department of Corrections, the Department of Health and the world's largest population of detainees and inmates, St. John's Preparatory School, the Variety Boys and Girls Clubs of Queens, the Malba Civic Association, the Astoria Civic Association, United Community Civic Association, the Taminent Regular Democratic Club, the Lt. Joseph Petrosian Lodge of the Order of the Sons of Italy, a member of the Broadway/Flushing Homeowner's Association, a previous member of Community Board 1, president of the Astoria/LIC Kiwanis, and the Knights of Columbus Flushing Council, the Catholic Lawyers Guild and the New York State Trial Lawyers Guild.

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