JDRF Honors Trozzolo’s Rachel Lupardus with National Volunteer Award

Apr 27, 2022

JDRF recognized Trozzolo’s CFO/COO and volunteer, Rachel Lupardus, as a recipient of the Volunteer Award for the Kansas and Missouri Chapter during National Volunteer Week.

The Volunteer Award recognizes volunteers whose contributions of time and talent have significantly impacted their local community and advanced JDRF’s mission. This year’s National Volunteer Week theme was T1D changemakers. A changemaker is defined as an individual who takes action to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, treat and prevent T1D.

Rachel has been a volunteer for JDRF Kansas and Missouri for over 10 years. She has served on the Kansas City Community Board of Directors for multiple terms and served as the treasurer, gala chair and executive committee member while serving on the board. Rachel was nominated for the 2022 Volunteer Award due to her role in the Kansas City Dream Gala.

Trozzolo’s founder, Pasquale Trozzolo, was the first board president of the Kansas and Missouri chapter, and the agency has fully embraced JDRF since then. Trozzolo provides the gala design for the chapter pro bono and Rachel has helped to keep this relationship strong and thriving.

“I volunteer at JDRF for my daughter, Alex, and for the millions of others living with T1D. While there are many amazing treatments made possible by JDRF, this invisible autoimmune disease still needs to be prevented and cured. Even with good control of the disease, there are days that are beyond taxing with high and/or low blood sugars and challenging technology issues that interfere with a normal day. These issues and ‘no days off’ lead to higher mental health issues and cause damage to other organs, especially the heart, eyes and kidneys. I volunteer at JDRF to spread awareness about T1D and to raise funding toward research that will cure T1D for everyone,” said Rachel.

JDRF, the leading global funder of T1D research, recognizes dedicated volunteers and supporters who commit their lives to the worldwide effort to end T1D.

See Rachel’s recognition here.

To learn more about JDRF and volunteering at JDRF, please visit https://www.jdrf.org/community/volunteer/.

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