For more information about JDRF and type 1 diabetes, please visit our website at

1. What is type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, debilitating disease affecting every organ system. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Type 1 diabetes usually strikes in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood, and lasts a lifetime. Just to survive, people with type 1 diabetes must take multiple injections of insulin daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump. Taking insulin does not cure any type of diabetes, nor does it prevent the possibility of the disease’s devastating effects: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputation, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.

2. Why entrust funds to JDRF?
More than 80% of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and education about research.JDRF is the leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and the largest charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research. For four decades, we have been renowned as a highly effective medical research organization with remarkable efficiency in directing donor dollars to our mission.

In its annual rating of charities and nonprofits, Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five “All-Star” charities,
based on its evaluation of JDRF’s financial efficiency.
Charity Watch
For the 14th year in a row, JDRF was top-ranked by Charity Watch—the only national diabetes organization to earn an “A” grade every year over this time period.

Where does the money go?

All donations directly benefit JDRF in support of our mission to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
4. Does it cost money to visit the Gingerbread Village displays?
No, but the event is a benefit for the JDRF and a $5 donation per person is recommended (and greatly appreciated!).  This year, you can send a $5 text donation by texting "JDRF5" to 20222 as well. Donations can also be made online at

5. What happens to the houses after the exhibit is over?
Unfortunately, after six weeks of display, the gingerbread creations are no longer edible and most begin to crumble. Therefore, they are dismantled and disposed of.
6. Why can't we vote for displays here at the Sheraton like we used to?
The voting booth has been replaced with Text to Vote to keep the visitor lines from backing up due to onsite voting at the kiosk. Be sure to vote online at or text the code on your favorite display to 20222.
7. What are the nutritional facts for the mini candy canes being distributed?
Nutritional information for mini candy cane: Carbs: 4.25g    Sugars: 3.25g    Calories: 17.5
8. Why would a diabetes organization promote and benefit from a sugar and carb loaded event like the Gingerbread Village?
Making Gingerbread houses has long been a tradition in Americans' holiday celebrations, and what better way to help draw attention to the fact that sugar is not all bad- that it does NOT cause diabetes- than by putting on the grandest holiday display in Seattle?