Breakthrough T1D NorCal June 2024 Newsletter

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A New Shot on Goal for Cell Therapies in T1D

There’s a new approach to cell therapies for type 1 diabetes (T1D) being tested in human clinical trials. Eledon, a biotech company developing immunotherapies that modulate the immune response with fewer detrimental side effects, recently announced a new round of funding of approximately $50 million which includes an investment by the JDRF T1D Fund. Read more.

Berkeley Gallery Owner, Jeffrey Spahn, Exhibits the Art and Science of T1D

Jeffrey Spahn was diagnosed with T1D at age 19. Now a specialist in ceramic art and 20th-century sculpture, and the owner of the Jeffrey Spahn Gallery in Berkeley, the idea of hosting an exhibit titled The Art and Science of T1D seemed like a natural endeavor. The event sparked lively conversations and created meaningful connections within the T1D community. Read more.

Team Breakthrough T1D Upcoming Events

Take part in an experience like no other! Enjoy a fun and energetic atmosphere as participants from across the country come together to go the distance for T1D. Join Team JDRF at an upcoming event.

Disneyland Halloween Half Marathon Weekend
September 5-8, 2024, Anaheim, CA. 
Runners will be able to treat themselves to a 3.1-mile jaunt, pick up a few ghostly hitchhikers for 6.2 miles or try to avoid any “hocus-pocus” during a 13.1-mile adventure. Some Disney Characters will be there to wish them the happiest of Halloweens!
Learn more and register.

Honolulu Marathon Weekend
December 7-8, 2024, Honolulu, HI. 
There’s something for everyone with race distances that include the Full Marathon (26.2 miles), the Start to Park to 10k (6.2 miles), and the Kalakaua Merrie Mile (1 mile).
Learn more and register.

Register for the 2024 Breakthrough T1D Walk!

We’re excited to announce that this fall, the JDRF One Walk will take place at California‘s Great America in Santa Clara and will also be returning to San Francisco at a location TBA! We can’t wait to celebrate and walk with our T1D community at TWO locations this year. Register for one of our Walks today and be the first to learn the dates and more details.

► Register for the Walk at Great America in Santa Clara.
► Register for the Walk in San Francisco.

Celebrate Father’s Day by Joining the T1D Dads Barbershop Talk

Breakthrough T1D  salutes all the T1D dads out there! Join us for the T1D Dads Barbershop Talk, a virtual gathering where dads come together to discuss any relevant topics and support each other. The group meets on Zoom every three months, on the second Friday of the month.
The next gathering is on July 12, from 12-1pm PT. 
Register today.

Happy Father’s Day!

Upcoming Chapter Events

Breakthrough T1D Ride – Registration for the 2024 JDRF season is open! View the 2024 dates and locations, and register!

T1D Awareness Day with the Oakland A’s – August 24, 1:07pm, Oakland Coliseum, CA. Learn more and reserve your free tickets.

T1D Night with the San Francisco Giants – August 31, 4-7:30pm, Oracle Park, CA. Learn more and purchase tickets.

Breakthrough T1D Run: Disneyland Halloween Half Marathon – September 5-8, Anaheim, CA. Learn more and register.

Breakthrough T1D Run: Honolulu Marathon – December 7-8, Honolulu, HI. Learn more and register.

Recurring Outreach Events:

Breakthrough T1D Community Summit Virtual Events
Four times a year. Learn more and register for the series.
En espanol, registrar aqui.

E-Meet & Greets: Monthly Zoom Meetups
Rotating Wednesdays, 12pm PT

Reunión Virtual Para Adultos y Familias con Diabetes Tipo 1 en Español
Segundo Miércoles, 5-6pm PT Registrar aquí.
Cuarto Viernes de cada mes, 12-1pm PT. Registrar aquí.

T1D Teen Connect Monthly Meetup
Third Wednesdays, 5-6pm PT, Zoom
Register for the next T1D Teen Connect.

Ask the Endo Monthly Sessions
Third Tuesdays, 8-9am PT, Zoom
Register for the next Ask the Endo.

Ask the Therapist Monthly Sessions
First Tuesdays, 8-9am PT, Zoom
Register for the next Ask the Therapist.

T1D Dads Barbershop Talk
Every 3 months on the 2nd Friday of the month, 12-1pm PT, Zoom Register here.

T1D Partner Support Group
Every 3 months on the last Tuesday of the month, 6-7pm PT, Zoom. Register here.

Young Leadership Committee (YLC) Monthly Happy Hours
Quarterly meetings & monthly happy hours for young adults 21+. Contact for more information.

Special Announcements:

  • Advocacy Action Alerts! Contact your senators today to advocate for insulin affordability at Sign up for alerts at
  • Calling All Past Board Members! If you served on the Greater Bay Area, Northern California Inland, NorCal or Branch Board in the past, please let us know if you would like to be reconnected with our Board Emeritus. Email us at
  • Breakthrough T1D Your Way: Turn your favorite hobby, talent, athletic event, birthday or “diaversary” into a fundraiser for T1D research. Learn more at
  • Participate in a T1D Clinical Trial: There are many opportunities in Northern California. Learn more.
  • Shop & Give Back: View current local promotions: BreakthroughT1D/northernca/shop.
  • Insulin Access: Need help accessing insulin? Visit
  • Health Insurance Guide: Breakthrough T1D is committed to supporting you by providing tools to help you navigate healthcare and health insurance. Learn more.
  • Follow @BreakthroughT1Dnorcal on Social Media: Stay connected on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.

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