2015 TJ-JL Foundation Youth Ambassador Joanna Pagedas

The TJ-JL Foundation is honored and proud to introduce our new Youth Ambassador for 2015, our first young lady, Miss Joanna Pagedas. Joanna, who goes by the name JoJo, is a very active 4th grader who loves soccer, lacrosse, basketball and skiing.

Joanna was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 6, but she has never let it slow her down. In addition to her love of sports, Joanna also loves playing the saxophone in her school band, traveling with family, reading, and spending time with her older brother, Anthony. She is looking forward to joining her classmates, Ryan O’Keefe and Billy Carlsen (Youth Ambassadors from 2013) and the rest of the TJ-JL Family in our fight against diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune disease that effects 1 in every 500 and is increasing every year. It usually strikes in childhood (it was formerly known as “Juvenile Diabetes”), but is on the rise for adults as well.  There is currently no cure for this disease, nor is there a known cause.  The Bethesda-based TJ-JL Foundation was founded in 2004 and has raised over $250,000 through golf-tournaments and other events.