Sweet 'N Low - a QEP Initiative

Jonathan CobrdaAbout Sweet ‘N Low

Jonathan Cobrda, a sophomore at Western Carolina University pursuing his bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12. He created “Sweet ‘N Low” to raise awareness about the disease. Cobrda believes artists have the power to advocate for causes that are important to them, and he spent last summer touring the country with his show with sponsorship from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Cobrda has visited many classes this fall to share his story as WCU explored the topic of health and wellness across disciplines via course work, research and community outreach.

JDRF logoAbout the JDRF

The mission of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves multiple insulin injections, or use an insulin pump, each day for the rest of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke and amputation.

 

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