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JDRF Honors San Diego Resident Paul Vaden

JDRF,, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, recently announced Paul Vaden as the recipient of its Erwin Lurie Award for his noteworthy contributions as a volunteer leader in the organization. Named after the late Erwin Lurie, who helped found JDRF in 1970 with his wife Carol and others, the Erwin Lurie Award is annually presented to chapter volunteers whose commitment to the volunteer/staff partnership has significantly advanced the mission and strategic priorities of JDRF over the past year.

This year, JDRF is proud to honor and recognize Paul Vaden’s 15 years of service to the San Diego Chapter and unwavering commitment to the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community.

Vaden is an active member of the Chapter’s Board of Directors and is currently serving as Chapter Board President. Under his leadership, the San Diego Chapter saw one of their best financial years in 2019, raising over $3M and exceeding the budgeted goal by 20 percent!

As a retired professional boxer and World Boxing Champion, Paul Vaden uses his status to forge new partnerships, gain personal meetings with congress and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for T1D research. He has devoted countless hours to the San Diego One Walk, serving in different roles, including committee member, kickoff speaker and celebrity chair. Paul builds authentic, long-lasting relationships which has enabled him to engage JDRF partners and community leaders in the fight against T1D.