The mission statments of type 1 diabetes charity organizations

JDCA2025
By JDCA2025 Latest Reply 2011-08-02 15:18:27 -0500
Started 2011-07-26 16:55:41 -0500

A mission statement is important - it lets people know what an organization is all about and what it's main goals are. This report includes a link to the mission statements of the major diabetes research organizations: http://jdca2025.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/char...

Do you think they set a plan of action clearly, or do you think donors need to have a more concrete idea before deciding where to invest their money?


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jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-07-26 19:04:43 -0500 Report

You mention a goal for a cure by 2025. I would pray that a cure tor t1 might be found, however, to put a time deadline on the discovery of a cure is IMO rather foolhardy. No one can make discoveries on a deadline. Discoveries happen when they happen and attempting to force discoveries may lead to bad science and quackery.

I pray there are discoveries which lead to a cure for type 1 and type 2 come sooner rather than later, but they will come whether or not 2025 approaches.

Diamond Gem
Diamond Gem 2011-08-01 12:22:10 -0500 Report

I agree with you. I have been a type 1 Diabetic for 26yrs and they have been hunting for a cure even longer. You can't put a deadline on cures. Hell they don't even have a cure for the common cold so how can you be Whodini and find a cure for a much more complex disease! It would be nice for a cure to happen before my life ends but if not hope they will be closer to curing others.

Putting deadlines could lead to chronic problems in healthcare and I pray that we are not headed in that direction.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-08-02 04:32:24 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, IMO we're already down the "chronic problems" pathway in healthcare. I had worked in the healthcare industry for 11 years and have seen many problems develop during that time. Most of the problems are in the province of paying for the technology and the meds which have been developed. New discoveries are found all the time, it is the ability for everyone to be able to use those discoveries which is the sticking point, IMO

JDCA2025
JDCA2025 2011-08-02 15:18:27 -0500 Report

The JDCA is resolute in its timetable of targeting the delivery of a practical cure by 2025, but we are not promising this result. It is our belief that it will not happen unless, at a minimum, charitable organizations funding research establish both a cure-by date and a cure definition.

Please see our first two reports "Defining a Practical Cure" (http://thejdca.org/uploads/Defining_a_Practic...) and "Establishing a Cure-By Date" (http://thejdca.org/uploads/Defining_a_Practic...) for a more detailed description of our beliefs.

JDCA2025
JDCA2025 2011-08-01 12:09:52 -0500 Report

You definitely do have some valid points, especially about the possible quackery this could cause.

However, I don't want you to think that this is going to be used to try and speed up science. Our goal is just that—a goal. Without a deadline, rarely do things get done. Even if a cure takes much longer to develop, by working towards a specific date energy is at least be put in the direction we want, and discoveries are more likely to develop when people have a focus.

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