On October 18th, 2019 my family's life changed forever when my first cousin Joe Kenney died from diabetic seizures leading to sudden heart failure.
Joe’s perspective on life was wise beyond his years. From an early age, he had a rare ability to be present and prioritize what is important in life – love and laughter with family and friends, adventure in and appreciation of the outside world, and enjoyment of good food (especially if it was made by Patty!).
Joe never let T1D hold him back and enthusiastically seized every opportunity that came his way. His spirit was contagious - so much so, that just being in Joe's presence made you feel more alive. His friend called him YJK - for Young Joe Kenney - a fitting tribute to his spirited approach to life and ability to make the most of each moment.
I am honored to be running the Boston Marathon this April in memory of Joe and will be fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Whether it is a donation or simply sharing this fundraising page, any support is greatly appreciated as my family and I work to honor Joe’s amazing legacy and to move the world closer to a cure for T1D.
YJK. Forever Young.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.
JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people—and to prevent anyone else from ever knowing it—by funding research, advocating for government support of research and new therapies, ensuring new therapies come to market and connecting and engaging the T1D community.