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Local Dealer Campaigns for Juvenile Diabetes Cure


Oakbrook, Ill. - John Hennessy of River Oaks Ford in Calumet City has led the charge in making a major contribution to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. John and his family participate in the Lisle JDRF Walk every October as a part of team Left Eye, which raised nearly $8000 during this year alone. Over half of the team's contribution came from River Oaks Ford and its friends and vendors. 

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. Especially for children, the numerous painful finger pricks of blood sugar monitoring and shots of insulin required as treatment are unbearable. "The amazing fact about JDRF" says John, "is over 80% of the money raised goes to finding a cure! I don't know of any other foundation that does that."

John's dedication and contribution caught the attention of Chicagoland Dealers Care, a Chicago Automobile Trade Association program that matches local car dealers' charitable contributions. Chicagoland Dealers Care matched the River Oaks Ford donation, contributing an additional $1500 to JDRF.