HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Oct. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Families who are #PumpedToJump to help find a cure for diabetes should join Bounce Away Diabetes (B.A.D.) at various participating Sky Zone parks across the U.S. and in Canada on Sunday, November 5, from 10 a.m. – noon. For every minute a participant bounces, Sky Zone will donate 50 cents to the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) in support of its mission to find a biological cure for diabetes.

Diabetes Research Institute logo. (PRNewsFoto/Diabetes Research Institute Foundation)

“This is one time when being part of B.A.D. is doing GOOD,” said Juan Brandt, Sky Zone South Florida owner who has a child with type 1 diabetes. “I wanted to create a fundraising event that would not only help my child and the DRI’s effort to find a cure, but that would also educate the public about the warning signs of the disease.”

To be held during November’s Diabetes Awareness Month, this exhilarating experience will feature wall-to-wall aerial action, prizes and access to important information about the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes, which is often misdiagnosed. Brandt has enlisted 24 Sky Zone locations from Miami, FL, to Canada, to join his efforts. At each participating park, guests will receive complimentary SkySocks, an event T-shirt, and hours of #PumpedToJump fun for the discounted admission price of $15. Sky Zone Franchise Group is also supporting this effort through a generous monetary donation and promotional support.

“We are thrilled to be working with Juan Brandt who is completely committed to helping the Diabetes Research Institute find a cure for diabetes in honor of his daughter and millions more living with this devastating disease,” said Joshua Rednik, president and CEO of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. “We can’t thank all of the participating Sky Zone owners enough, and we hope the success of these inaugural events will lead to even greater participation next year.”

To view a list of participating Sky Zones, visit BounceAwayDiabetes.org or contact the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at 800.321.3437 or info@drif.org.

About the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation
The mission of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now. The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leads the world in cure-focused research. As the largest and most comprehensive research center dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is aggressively working to develop a biological cure by restoring natural insulin production and normalizing blood sugar levels without imposing other risks. Researchers have already shown that transplanted islet cells allow patients to live without the need for insulin therapy. Some study participants have maintained insulin independence for more than 10 years. The DRI is now building upon these promising outcomes by developing a DRI BioHub, a bioengineered “mini organ” that mimics the native pancreas. While various BioHub platforms are being tested in preclinical and clinical studies, the DRI is also developing strategies to eliminate the need for anti-rejection drugs and reset the immune system to block autoimmunity. For more information, please visit DiabetesResearch.org, call 800-321-3437, or Tweet @Diabetes_DRI.

About Sky Zone, LLC
Founded in 2004, Sky Zone has grown its unmatched indoor trampoline experience to more than 180 franchises across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The originator in creating innovative ways to play, Sky Zone provides an unmatched active environment in which people come alive and live joyously in the moment with gravity-defying, wall-to-wall aerial attractions that include Freestyle Jump, Ultimate Dodgeball, Warrior Courses, Warped Walls and more. The franchise has been awarded various accolades, including being ranked the second Fastest Growing Franchise by Inc., the second Smartest Growing Brand by Franchise Times, 53 on Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500 list, 273 on the 2015 Inc.’s 500/5000 list, 152 on the 2014 Inc.’s 500/5000 list, 55 on the Forbes America’s Most Promising Companies list. For more information on the company or franchising opportunities, please visit www.skyzone.com.

 

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SOURCE Diabetes Research Institute Foundation