When Dave Myers’ son, Addison, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in February 1997, the doctor said it was unlikely that a cure would be discovered in Addison’s lifetime. Myers refuses to believe that. “Technology has exponentially increased the odds to find a cure, and I will do anything I can to help that happen.”
Myers has put those words into action through his longtime involvement with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Donating photographic services through his company, Images Today and Beyond, he started volunteering with the Kansas City chapter after Addison’s diagnosis, and continued his work when the family moved to St. Louis in 1999.
“I’m not a wealthy person, but I can offer my services and promote JDRF so it can raise more money to help find a cure,” Myers says.
Myers takes photos and covers events whenever the organization calls. His work eliminates an extra expense for JDRF, while also aiding in its marketing strategy, which he hopes will allow more people to understand the scope and effects of Type 1 diabetes. “The hardest part is the mental stress. You have to deal with the disease all the time—it never goes away, and if you take it to one extreme or the other, it’ll kill you. You just wish someone wouldn’t have to deal with that.”
Addison is now 23, and while he has gotten better at regulating the illness, he still struggles with high and low blood sugars, his dad says. “I can’t know what it’s like to be in his shoes, but through JDRF, we can interact with other people dealing with diabetes and stay on top of the research development,” Myers explains.
Myers knows that a cure is still off in the distance, but he will continue to help JDRF until one is found. “The most valuable thing I can offer is my time, and I’m in it ’till the end.”