NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Global non-profit Beyond Type 1 celebrates Sir Frederick Banting's 126th birthday with a digital birthday party and documentary screening in Los Angeles on World Diabetes Day, which is Tuesday, November 14th.
Prior to Banting and his partner's discovery of insulin for therapeutic use, a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis was a death sentence. Since their groundbreaking 1922 discovery, millions of lives have been saved and continue to be saved every day thanks to Sir Frederick Banting and his team.
The digital birthday party will be hosted by Beyond Type 1 on BantingsBirthday.org and across all of their social media platforms, reaching over a million followers. Party guests and Banting fans will be able to sign his digital birthday card, receive free party favors, and read stories about the Nobel Prize winner. The community is also invited to make a $1 gift in honor of the sales price of the original patent, emphasizing Banting's belief that insulin belonged to the world.
Partner organizations Dexcom, KNOW Foods, Myabetic, Genteel, and SportsTagID will be announcing gifts to the T1D community in honor of Banting's 126th birthday. For more information on Sir Frederick Banting, on the celebration, or on how to donate, visit BantingsBirthday.org.
Beyond Type 1 will also be hosting a private screening of Bike Beyond – The Documentary in Los Angeles. The film follows a team of 20 individuals living with Type 1 diabetes, who came together in June 2017 with a shared goal to ride across the country from New York to San Francisco. The film, narrated by Victor Garber and featuring Nick Jonas, chronicles the 10-week journey of Team Bike Beyond and highlights the emotional, social and physical highs and lows, and their impact upon communities along the route and across social media. It was a ride many viewed as impossible, but they rode and their adventure changed their lives and the lives of others forever. For more information on the screening, visit beyondtype1.org/documentary.
About Beyond Type 1: Beyond Type 1 was founded in 2015 by Nick Jonas, Juliet de Baubigny, Sarah Lucas, and Sam Talbot, and is a new brand of philanthropy leveraging the power of social media and technology, changing what it means to live with a chronic disease. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an incurable, autoimmune disease impacting both adults and children. T1D accounts for roughly 10% of the more than 420 million global cases of diabetes, and people with Type 1 are insulin-dependent for life. By educating the global community about this autoimmune disease, as well as providing resources and support for those living with Type 1, Beyond Type 1 aims to bridge the gap from diagnosis to cure, empowering people to both live well today and to fund a better tomorrow. With a focus on education, advocacy, and the path to a cure, Beyond Type 1 has developed a broad ranging portfolio of grantees and programs aimed at improving the lives of people impacted by T1D. Beyond Type 1 is a registered 501(c) 3. 100% of every dollar raised directly supports the most promising global efforts and programs working to educate, advocate and cure Type 1 diabetes.
About Bike Beyond: Bike Beyond was created by Beyond Type 1, a global non-profit organization focusing on education, advocacy, and a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Bike Beyond kicked off June 3rd, 2017 in NYC and culminated on August 11th in Beyond Type 1's hometown of San Francisco. The 20 amateur cyclists, living with Type 1 diabetes, embarked on a 4,248-mile ride with a mission to show the world what living beyond type 1 looks like. National Bike Beyond sponsors include Dexcom, KNOW Foods, Omnipod and Specialized in addition to equipment sponsors Bandago, Coola, FRIO, Generation UCAN, GoPro, Hint, Honey Stinger, Normatec, One Drop, Retro2Ride, PillPack, Sierra Trading Post, Sports Tag ID, Westin/Aloft and WholeMe.
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