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Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Board Spotlight: John Carrion

John CarrionJohn Carrion, who has served as a DRIF board member since 2004, was recently appointed to the position of Northeast Region Board Chairman. He is a Portfolio Manager for Millennium Capital Partners and, prior to that, was Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Director at JPMorgan Chase in New York City. He and his wife, Debra Carrion, have identical twin boys, Jake and Michael, who are now 20 years old. At the age of 4, Jake was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and John was overcome with a feeling of helplessness.

“Just sitting there as my son was getting pricked and prodded was a feeling that I have never felt before, and one I do not want to experience again,” he explained. “In order to feel productive, I started my research on diabetes and what was being done to find a cure.”

That’s when he discovered the Diabetes Research Institute. After flying to Miami to tour the facility, the Long Island resident felt he had found the place he was looking for. “I knew the horse I was going to back in this race for a cure,” he said.

John and Debra organized a group of friends, and together, in their living room, they dreamed up the idea for the first Kids Party for a Cure fundraiser. They continued to chair the Long Island event for years to come and helped raise more than $1.3 million. They have participated in or sponsored a number of Foundation events and are
actively involved in Buy In for a Cure, slated for 2019.

When John was approached to take on the role of Board Chair, he reached out to the DRI’s Dr. Jay Skyler, who described the overall plan for achieving the goal of a cure.

Fired up by their discussion, John stated, “The DRI is the best hope for a cure, and I want to help get it there.” John aims to use whatever resources he can to “bring in more people, with new contacts, fresh ideas, and renewed vigor” so that the Foundation can provide the necessary funding to the DRI to get this job done.

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