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High Hopes Fund

Nairi Brown was six years old when her life changed forever. That was when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes – and Joslin Diabetes Center became part of her life.


"My name is Nairi Brown and I am 13 years old. Songwriting is a passion of mine, and over the summer I wrote "No More Rain." I wanted to express what it is like living with type 1 diabetes, which I have had since I was six years old. However, please feel free to interpret it in whatever way you like. I have performed this song twice at fundraisers for diabetes research."

Nairi is now 13 years old, and Joslin has been with her every step of the way for the past seven years. Her pediatric care team – an endocrinologist, nutritionist, and social worker – works with Nairi and her family to make sure she is managing her diabetes.

When she wakes up in the morning, she tests her blood sugar. During the day, she tests her blood sugar more than eight times – before and after she eats, before she plays soccer, before she goes to sleep.

Nairi has an insulin pump, which has helped tremendously – but she still needs to be vigilant and aware. She must count carbs before every meal and remove her pump before all sports activity-- even swimming. 

Just like her loving family, Joslin is here to provide support, stability, and comfort for Nairi – every day.

Our singular focus on diabetes and our integration of clinical care, cutting-edge research, and patient education ensures that anyone with diabetes sees a future with great hope.

We enable children and their families to make diabetes care fit into their lives – not that their lives revolve around diabetes. Then, kids like Nairi can concentrate on being kids!

But we can’t do all this without you – and your support. Our High Hopes Fund is just that: it gives hope for a world without diabetes. With caring, generous partners such as you, we can continue to help children like Nairi lead healthier lives.

Please join us and help us get one step closer to finding a cure for diabetes once and for all – for Nairi and all the other children with diabetes. 

Please make a gift today to the High Hopes Fund – and give the gift of hope.

Members of the Elliott P. Joslin (EPJ) Society are philanthropic leaders, who strengthen the ability of Joslin’s experts to make the progress required to deliver life-changing results.

The EPJ Society was established to recognize important friends of Joslin who contribute $1,000 or more per year. Gifts to the EPJ Society lay the foundation upon which Joslin executes its multi-dimensional efforts in the battle against a disease that affects so many people.

You can become a member of the Elliott P. Joslin Society at the following levels:

Chairman's Circle $100,000+ 
President's Circle $50,000-$99,999
Trustee's Circle $25,000-$49,999
Visionary's Circle $10,000-$24,999
Fellow's Circle $5,000-$9,999
Innovator's Circle $2,500-$4,999
Discoverer's Circle $1,000-$2,499

Members of the EPJ Society enjoy special benefits:

  • EPJ Society lapel pin
  • Listing in Joslin’s annual Honor Roll of Donors
  • Recognition on the EPJ Society Donor wall located in the Clinic
  • Invitations to Joslin signature events
  • E-mail newsletters and special reports
  • Other benefits, as available, that recognize the leadership of EPJ Society members

Page last updated: September 23, 2014