News Release
 April 7, 2022
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont, is pleased to once again partner with JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) as they embark on their 52nd year to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). This year Tops Annual JDRF Sneaker Campaign will begin Sunday, April 10 and run through Saturday, April 30, 2022. The goal is 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, will be sold at Tops registers for a $1.00 donation. This year is also marks a milestone in which insulin celebrates 100 years since its inception. On January 11, 1922—100 years ago—fourteen-year-old Leonard Thompson, who’d been diagnosed with diabetes three years earlier, became the first person to receive an experimental drug, insulin, that wasn’t yet tested in humans. To learn more about this important discovery visit

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 is proud to join them in the fight as Tops launches its 29th annual JDRF Campaign. Since 1993 Tops has raised nearly $14 million dollars for the cause with Tops fund-raising efforts putting the company in the top fundraisers across national corporate partners. While Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a disease commonly associated with young children and was once known as juvenile diabetes, adults can be diagnosed as well. In fact, 42% of people diagnosed with T1D are between the ages of 31 and 60! “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 John Persons, president of 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. More than 1.6 million Americans have T1D and about 5 million people are expected to have the disease by 2050, including nearly 600,000 youth. ###

About Tops Friendly Markets Based in Williamsville, NY, Tops Markets currently operates 150 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. As the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York, with over 14,000 associates, the company is dedicated to providing sustainably sourced, high-quality products, while helping its communities flourish via support for programs that eradicate hunger and disease, educate youth and reduce environmental waste and energy consumption. For more information, visit

About JDRF JDRF’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.5 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 five international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement, and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@JDRF), Facebook (@myjdrf), and Instagram (@jdrfhq).


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