Former chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation to speak Oct. 3

Author: Meg Daday

p. John J. McDonough, a 1958 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and former chairman of the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDF), will give a presentation titled “Impacting the World: Leadership and Career in Non-profits” Wednesday (Oct. 3) at noon in Room 119 of O’Shaughnessy Hall on campus.
The presentation is sponsored by Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, Arts and Letters Pre-Professional Program, Department of Government and International Studies, Career Center and the Notre Dame Vocation Initiative.
p. The first lecture in the second annual Careers for Government Majors series, the talk is free and open to all Notre Dame students, faculty and staff and a light lunch will be served. Those interested in attending must make a reservation by emailing no later than Monday (Oct. 1).
p. McDonough was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 6 and was told he would not live past the age of 10. He has been insulin-dependent for 58 years and estimates that he has received more than 55,000 shots in his lifetime. He often has been quoted as saying, “I am not afraid of dying, but I am afraid of not living.”
p. In April 1999, McDonough and his daughter, Allison, who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 1983, testified on behalf of JDF before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education about the need for more funding for diabetes research.
p. McDonough had his left leg amputated in September 1998 as a result of diabetes complications. “Insulin is not a cure and it doesn’t prevent complications,” he said. “It is only life support.”


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