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Aug 31, 2022

Norona Family Honored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

We are delighted to share some good news about Kenan Scholar mentor, Mike Norona and his wife Helen and sons Dylan and Jordan. In honor of the family’s tremendous support and generosity to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes, they have been nominated for the national 2022 Erwin Lurie Award.  The award is named after the founding family of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF works to find better treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications through critical research. While the family has the honor of having received numerous awards, according to Mike, this is the highest. “It’s recognition of our amazing network that has joined the fight with us and our 14 years committed to finding a cure for Type 1.”  

If you’ve met them, you’d know that the Norona family finds fulfillment in helping others. Kenan Scholars is pleased to share this news with our community. JDRF has a global reach, and Norona’s vision and passion are contagious and inspiring. Our community continues to benefit not only from Mike’s mentorship, but from the opportunities he and Helen helped make possible for one of our scholars to intern with JDRF. Mike and Helen “are grateful for all those, including everything our amazing UNC family has done, who are help[ing find a cure]!”

Congratulations on the nomination, Mike and Helen! Well done and well deserved!

Read more about the Norona’s commitment to helping others here.

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