Van Dyke raises more than $15,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Van Dyke Laser & Skin's recent Open House raised over $15,000 that will be donated to JDRF Arizona.

Van Dyke Laser & Skin’s recent Open House raised over $15,000 that will be donated to JDRF Arizona.

At the 30th Anniversary Open House hosted by Van Dyke Laser & Skin, Susan Van Dyke, M.D. once again showed that getting gorgeous feels so much better when it’s for a good cause.

In early February at the celebratory 30th Anniversary Open House, the Van Dyke team showcased the latest procedures in cosmetic dermatology with a silent auction, live music, live presentations and more; all to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Since 2007, Van Dyke Laser & Skin has donated more than $100,000 to local charities. This year, the open house raised over $15,000 that will be donated to JDRF Arizona.

Dr. Van Dyke’s call to action was six years ago when her son Brian was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 21. Overnight, things changed in Brian’s life. No longer could he casually grab a bite to eat. Life became a constant math equation – converting food and exercise into units of insulin.

One mistake would ruin his day, a lot of mistakes over time and he could risk losing his vision, kidneys or feet. One big mistake and he could lose his life.

He is what the medical industry used to refer to as a “juvenile diabetic,” afflicted with an autoimmune disease, very different from the more common disease known as Type 2 Diabetes.

According to www.jdrf.org:

  • As many as three million Americans may have type 1 diabetes.
  • Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people per day – are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S.
  • The rate of type 1 diabetes incidence among children under the age of 14 is estimated to increase by 3% annually worldwide.

Van Dyke Laser & Skin is located at 5206 N. Scottsdale Road in Paradise Valley. For more information, call 480-948-5045 or visit www.vandykelaser.com.

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