Fore! Juvenile Diabetes: July 28

The Kelowna Golf and Country Club is inviting members and non-members to a ladies golf tournament on July 28, 2011, to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Eileen Sallis, grandmother of two children with Type 1 diabetes, is once again organizing the biennial charity event. “I believe we’re close to finding a cure for this disease,” she says.

With Type 1 diabetes the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. It strikes children and adults suddenly, leaving them dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. While the causes of Type 1 diabetes are not entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Over 300,000 Canadians live with the disease.

For Eileen’s two grandchildren, a cure would mean a more normal, carefree existence. Right now they must endure a very structured lifestyle in order to regulate blood sugar and avoid complications.

In 2009, the tournament attracted 128 players. Through the generous support of both participants and local corporate sponsors it raised over $44,000 for the foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes through the support of research.

Each player must donate or fill a pledge sheet with a minimum $100 donation (tax receipts for any pledges of $20 or more). Dinner tickets are $25. Registration deadline is July 14, but enter early to insure a place at this popular event.

For more info and to register, contact Eileen Sallis at 250.762.0307 or The Kelowna Golf and Country Club donates the entire course for this event so all proceeds go to this worthy cause.