In Chicago and Atlanta thousands collaborate to raise awareness about type 1 diabetes.

JDRF Illinois, JDRF Georgia, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Project S.N.A.P. partnered together in two community engagement initiatives, giving thousands of children and families from the JDRF community 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 “Imagine” made from all of the artworks that were submitted. The final 4’x6′ mosaic murals were donated to JDRF Illinois and JDRF Georgia.

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.

It's obviously very emotional for me because my daughter means a lot to me and everybody else in this family, so hopefully there will be a cure. Without everybody's help it would not be possible, and so we thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts... all of us.

As part of this initiative, thousands of people attending the Chance of a Lifetime Gala in Chicago, Illinois and the Hope for a Cure Gala in Atlanta, Georgia 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.