In a year where so many players have been involved with legal issues, or holding out for more money it is nice to see that some NFL players still giving back and driving off their success. Rookie Defensive Back Shareece Wright is from Colton, California and likes to take full advantage of any opportunity to give back to the southern California communities. This week, he announced his official partnership with the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation of San Diego and will be throwing out the first pitch at this Friday’s Padres baseball game. He, along with Rookie Wide Receiver Vincent Brown will be available to the media at the game.
Shareece will donate $100 to the foundation for every tackle he records this season. So what made Wright so motivated to partner with the JDRF of San Diego? Shareece was very close to his high school football coach from Colton High School. Coach Morales’ daughter, Isabella, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He saw the amount of strain and emphasis that it put into her life and here is what he had to say.
“I see what Bella goes through – testing her blood sugars 6 – 8 times a day, injecting herself with insulin 3 times a day, counting each carbohydrate that she eats and then adjusting the insulin dose based on that,” “It is an overwhelming disease and I want to do my part to help.” – Shareece Wright
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects children, adolescents, and adults, in which the
immune system attacks cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, a hormone that enables people to convert food into energy. The human body can not survive without insulin and those with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin into their body multiple times throughout the day. Those with type 1 diabetes are also at significant risk for a wide range of serious long term complications, including heart disease, blindness and kidney disease.
“We are thrilled that Shareece Wright is supporting our efforts to develop better treatments and ultimately a cure for diabetes through the funding of world class diabetes research.” said Sean McParland, Executive Director for JDRF San Diego. JDRF is currently funding $9.9 million of diabetes research in San Diego including research at The Scripps Research Institute, The La Jolla Institute of Allergy & Immunology, The Salk Institute and the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, among others.