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9TH ANNUAL JDRF GALA EVENT SET FOR SATURDAY MAY, 19th 2012 AT THE HYATT REGENCY CENTURY PLAZA

May 3, 2012– Beverly Hills, CA  -- JDRF Los Angeles has announced its 2012 Honorees for the 9th Annual Gala Event: “Finding A Cure: The Love Story Gala” on Saturday May 19th, 2012 at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, California.  Doors open at 6:00pm for cocktail reception and silent auction with dinner starting at 7:00 p.m.

The 2012 Honorees include: Stephen and Linda Wallem and Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. Dr. Kevin Kaiserman, Shelby Notkin, Michelle Notkin Rosen, and Zach Rosen will also be honored for their efforts in finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. Throughout the evening, there will be appearances by Dana Delany, Melissa Etheridge, Rene Russo, Brad Garrett, Bob Greenblatt, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Modern Family), Mary Mouser (Body of Proof), and Crystal Bowersox (American Idol). Other celebrity guests include: Ian Buchanan (Days of Our Lives), Greg Finley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Adam Gaynor (Matchbox 20), and Darren Star.

The 2012 JDRF Angel Award recipients are Stephen and Linda Wallem and Showtime’s Nurse Jackie.  In 2009 Linda Wallem co-created Nurse Jackie and used the show as a platform to put a face on type 1 diabetes (T1D) with Stephen’s role and hoped to make more people aware of the disease.

“We are committed to making life better for all affected by T1D as we have a very personal relationship to this disease,” says Linda Wallem “As you may know, Stephen has lived with T1D since the age of nine. Since then, life has never been the same and at times, has been very challenging for our family. Thanks to the work of JDRF in developing improved treatment and care, Stephen, along with millions of others, is living a healthier life. We are committed to helping JDRF develop a cure for T1D while continuing to improve treatment and ultimately, preventing this disease from affecting future generations.”

Kevin B. Kaiserman, MD, currently works with children and adolescents with T1D mellitus in private practice in the Los Angeles area and is the recipient of the Diabetes Champion Award.  Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Kaiserman was Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Clinical Diabetes Program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the University Of Southern California Keck School Of Medicine. Dr. Kaiserman earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. He completed his internship and residency in the Department of Pediatrics and his fellowship in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Kaiserman is a member of the American Diabetes Association and the Pediatric Endocrine Society. He is on the Los Angeles Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association and JDRF, as well as serving on the board of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association. Dr. Kaiserman is active at his local diabetes camp, Camp Conrad-Chinnock, where he serves as the camp medical director and as a member of the board.

The Notkin/Rosen family is the recipient of the Caregiver Award.  Since Zach Rosen’s diagnosis at ten months, his mother, Michelle, has educated family, friends, teachers, school personnel and camp counselors about the delicate balance of keeping Zach healthy and safe while helping him become more independent in managing his diabetes.  Michelle has also made presentations to medical professionals and has served as a mentor to many newly diagnosed families. 

The Notkin/Rosen family support JDRF through the Walk Program.  They have also sponsored diabetes programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and UCLA.

Shelby, Chairman of TheCapital Group Private Client Services, has served on the Board of Directors for the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at UCLA.  He now sits on the Board of theSaint John'sHealthCenterFoundation, the Board of Visitors of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the Board of Directors of The LA Music Center.  He also created The Notkin Family Breast Cancer Recovery Program at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, established ten years ago in honor of Melinda Notkin, Shelby’s late wife, and Lin Paterson, Shelby’s late sister. 

JDRF is the leading global organization and the largest charitable supporter of type T1D research.  Its mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. In 2011, JDRF funded more than $116 million in diabetes research, which is more funding for T1D than any other charity in the world.  JDRF is committed to working tirelessly to develop new and better treatments to improve the lives of people T1D in the near term and keep them healthy while advancing toward a cure.

Tickets and sponsorships for the event may be obtained by contacting the JDRF Los Angeles at (213) 233-9901 or by visiting their website at www.jdrf.org.

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Chris Stolte

CMPR

(310) 426-9900

chris@cmpr.net


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