Hope.Promise.Dream Gala Hosted by Katerina and Olli Jokinen


Gala hosted by Katerina and Olle Jokinen to benefit JDRF on May 18, 2019

I suppose my first post on my new blog “should” be a welcome to the new site. But, while I love that you are here. One of my clients has a more pressing matter I wish to support.

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine holding your child moments after birth. picture those little fingers and toes, the baby smell and your heart beating next to the new life in your arms. As your child takes their first steps, first words and first day of school feel the love in you grow. Now, imagine being told your sweet child has Type I Juvenile Diabetes, an incurable life altering disease that could take your child’s life as a result of a plethora of complications known to the disease.

As I sat across from my friend, Katerina, over lunch last October she told me about her daughter’s diagnosis of Type I Juvenile Diabetes. She and her husband learned of the condition after a terrifying experience in which they nearly lost their daughter. I cannot fathom what she was going thru. I have a 17 year old daughter of my own and I could only visualize my baby girl in her situation. My own skin went cold and heart pounded as she described her personal experience. But, the Jokinen family are fighters. Laying down and waiting for whatever comes, is not their style. It is no surprise to me their family made their daughter’s fight for her life public and are doing what they can to find a cure.

No child should have to experience the complications that accompany Juvenile Diabetes. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is doing everything they can to find a cure. On May 18, 2019, the Jokinens are hosting a gala at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. All proceeds from the benefit will benefit the JDRF and their research to find a cure for Type I Juvenile Diabetes.

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