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 September 23, 2020
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TOPS RAISES OVER $333,000 DURING 50TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR FOR JDRF ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont, is pleased to announce that is has raised over $333,000 for JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) during its annual campaign. This year marks the 50th year JDRF is embarking on a campaign to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Now more than ever the onset of T1D can happen suddenly, impacting people of any age, affecting them every moment of every day, and it lasts a lifetime. That’s why Tops was proud to join them in the fight as it launched its 27th annual JDRF Campaign. Since 1993 Tops has raised more than $13 million dollars for the cause with Tops fund-raising efforts putting the company in the top 10 fund-raisers in the country for many years. This year Tops Annual JDRF Sneaker Campaign began Sunday, August 2 and ran through Saturday, August 22, 2020. The goal was to raise money to help fund research to help find a cure for T1D. The paper sneaker, which was designed by a Tops associate back in 1993 and is now widely used nationally as well as internally in JDRF fundraising campaigns, was sold at Tops registers for a $1.00 donation. Based on the latest reporting from the CDC, approximately 1.6 million people are affected by T1D in the United States. That is an increase of 30% in just two years, with medical expenses for those with T1D being three times higher than for people without diabetes. “Over the years in working closely with our partners at JDRF we have seen first-hand the important role this organization plays in nearly every major advancement for diabetes. Whether it be in the form of drug, device, or cell therapy, made in T1D in the last 50 years, JDRF is the leading nonprofit fighting to find cures for T1D and improve the lives of those living with the disease today” said Frank Curci, chairman of the board and chief executive officer for Tops Friendly Markets. Tops Friendly Markets fully believes that advocacy for those with T1D is paramount to help drive advances to both cure the disease and help keep them healthy until cures are found. There are over 80 autoimmune diseases and zero have been cured. Let’s make T1D the first. ###

About Tops Friendly Markets Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 157 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 14,500 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit www.topsmarkets.com

About JDRF

JDRF’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.2 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF

 

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