Recently, Adam Coffsky, Gartner Client Director of Sales, volunteered on the event committee for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) One-Walk in Atlanta, Georgia. Adam and his two sons, Jared and Derek, volunteered and participated at the event, along with friends and family. The walk raised over $1,300,000 this year.
Coffsky managed a team of 14 volunteers, including his two sons, at the walks’ food pavilion to help feed and hydrate a crowd of over 5,800 walkers. Adam has been a Type 1 diabetic his entire life. This was his 25th year participating in the JDRF Walk and his 4th year on the event committee (event chair for food and beverages). Adam was also able to leverage Gartner’s Charity Match Program to help raise more money for the cause.
A fulfilling and rewarding experience
Adam decided to volunteer his time for this cause because “… the JDRF is focused on finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Many of the technology breakthroughs have come through programs that were funded due to the generosity of people who donated to the JDRF One-Walk. Thank you to all of those who donated and to Gartner for matching our donation.”
Overall, Adam and his sons agreed it was a fulfilling and rewarding experience. “You see how children with diabetes can lead a relatively normal life, and see that a cure is closer now than ever before,” Adam remarked. “Watching thousands of participants gather at Centennial Olympic Park to show their support for the JDRF made us feel as if they were part of something with energy…something that really will impact the lives of thousands.”
A huge “thank you” to Gartner leadership
Juvenile diabetes (also known as Type 1), is unlike Type 2 diabetes (adult onset). Type 1 is not caused by obesity or overeating; it is a disease that attacks the pancreas, and prevents the body from making insulin. There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, yet. “Through the company match, our donation goes even further to help in the mission of finding a cure for juvenile diabetes,” said Adam. “A huge “thank you” to Gartner leadership for enhancing the Gartner Charity Match program.”
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