Families and students participate in "Courage", a program focused on raising awareness about type 1 diabetes.

JDRF Illinois, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Project S.N.A.P. partnered together in a community engagement initiative, giving thousands of children and families, members of the JDRF Illinois community from across the Chicagoland area, and students from local schools, the opportunity to share their hope for a world without type 1 diabetes.  Participants expressed their thoughts and feelings in their artworks and written messages.  The program culminated in the creation of a giant mosaic mural entitled “Courage” made from all of the artworks that were submitted. The final 4’x6′ mosaic mural was donated to JDRF Illinois.  A copy of the mosaic mural was donated to the Outpatient Center at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

As stakeholders in the search for a cure, people living with type 1 diabetes, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, neighbors and friends all had the opportunity to be part of the “big picture”.

Participants are able to access the mosaic mural online in the Project S.N.A.P. Online Art Museum, read and share their artist’s statement and see how their artwork fits in.   The mosaic mural is also on display as part of the  “Featured Programs” in the Project S.N.A.P. Online Art Museum.

If you were here today, and you could see the parents' eyes and the children that are newly diagnosed you'd realize how important this is, what a great sponsorship it really is and how far it goes.

As part of this initiative, thousands of people attending the 2010 Chance of a Lifetime Gala had the opportunity to see the mosaic mural close up and make a charitable contribution to JDRF for the privilege of having the mosaic mural on display in the location of their choice.