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A NYC Fundraiser for Dr. Jason Baker's Marjorie's Fund

Posted Oct 20 2012 9:22am

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We were pulled together by a common cause - the ravages of type 1 diabetes in the developing world, where access to medicine and testing supplies are in short supply. 

Thursday evening I attended a kick-off fundraiser for Marjorie's Fund , the passion-fueled outgrowth of Dr. Jason Baker, NYC endocrinologist. Baker, who got type 1 diabetes himself at the age of 25 while in medical school, established the Fund after meeting Marjorie, one of the many children who through geography - being born and growing up in Uganda - got type 1 diabetes at the age of three, and died at the age of 29 waiting for a kidney she never got.

But now I was sipping something bubbly, standing (yes, still in my bootcast) in a glitzy art showroom in lower Manhattan, talking to the owner of New York City's premiere cheese shop, Murray's Cheese, (one of the evening's sponsors), but we were all there to support the cause.

Meeting Dr. Baker for the first time, I found him as earnest and kind as you would expect. And now you know this mission he has set himself upon is personal as well as professional: to increase education, care and research of type 1 diabetes in the developing world. 

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