FirstTrust for Kids – 4th Quarter Update

FirstTrust for Kids – 4th Quarter Update

As we kick off our final quarter of 2021, an exciting year of growth and accomplishment here at FirstTrust, we want to take a moment to reflect on one of our biggest and most rewarding projects. FirstTrust for Kids is our companies charitable giving campaign started by President Glenn Strong and, wife, Lee Ann. Through this program we select a national charity that supports children in a big way, whether that is through education initiatives, military family support, or childhood disease research and advocacy. We support these organizations through monetary donations and companywide fundraising events.

For the fourth quarter, we are partnering with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and will be participating in their annual fundraising event called “One Walk”.   We have chosen this organization because it supports Type 1 Diabetes Research. This cause is near and dear to our employees and their families. According to the  About JDRF - JDRF One Walk  website, “Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. And, at present, there is no cure. In T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone the body needs to get energy from food. This means a process your body does naturally and automatically becomes something that now requires your daily attention and manual intervention. If you have T1D, you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject, or infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity throughout the day and night.” There is currently no cure for T1D which makes fundraising and advocating for medical advancements to find a cure so important. The treatment of T1D has come a long way over the years, thanks to efforts from organizations like JDRF, but finding a cure is still the end goal.

All FirstTrust for Kids donations collected this quarter will be donated to JDRF. We will also participate in the “One Walk” event. Our FirstTrust Home Loans team will pledge to walk a certain number of miles on November 14th show support. This is in addition to our fundraising efforts. We would love for our communities to follow our journey through our company’s team page linked below. We will also share testimonies from our employees and education on JDRF all throughout the next few months. Thanks for following along with us over the last year. We can’t wait to continue the FirstTrust for Kids initiative in 2022.

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