Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Sorrel | Honorary Chairman
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Honorary Chairman, Young Leadership Committee
“I am so proud of Robby and of all of the children, teens and adults who are carrying on their normal day-to-day lives while being mindful of their diabetes management,” Sorrel said. “It is every mother’s wish who has a child with diabetes to see them one day free of this disease and its complications. I will not stop until that day is here.”
Elizabeth (Betsy) Sorrel has a long history of support for JDRF, beginning on a brisk fall day in October 7, 1993 when her son, Robert, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes or T1D.
Born in the Big Apple, Betsy majored in Political Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and raised her two children in Westchester County, New York, and Greenwich, Connecticut, but feels most at home in Palm Beach, Florida, where she’s lived for the past 20 years.
Over the years, Betsy has been involved in advertising sales/marketing as well as real estate investing, renovation, building, and interior design. She is currently a sales associate for Douglas Elliman Real Estate Palm Beach. When not working, she loves the outdoors and all water sports plus tennis, cooking, gardening, and reading. She especially enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Because she feels it’s important to volunteer and give back to the community, Betsy served as a board member of the JDRF New York City Chapter and was engaged in its annual Promise Ball. While in New York , she founded a long-running support group for parents of children with type 1 diabetes for the Tristate area. In 2007, she was honored for her dedicated service to JDRF at the Westchester/Fairfield Gala. Betsy raised funds for the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center and was also was a member of the board of a New York based adoption agency.
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JDRF exists for the millions of children, adults, and families affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) every single day. Their determination to overcome this disease strengthens ours to end it by funding life-changing T1D research.
T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin — a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.
Your participation in JDRF events ensures that JDRF can continue funding critical T1D research. With your support, this research will continue to bring us closer to a world without T1D.
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