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River Oaks Ford dealer Hennessy works for juvenile diabetes cure

November 10, 2010
 By Alex Navrotski, CATA Communications Intern

John Hennessy of River Oaks Ford in Calumet City is leading a charge to make a major contribution to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. John and his family participate in the Lisle JDRF Walk every October as a part of team Left Eye, which raised more than $10,000 in 2009. Of the team’s contribution, more than half came from River Oaks Ford and its friends and vendors.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. Especially for children, the numerous painful finger pricks to monitor blood sugar; and the insulin shots required for treatment can be  unbearable.

"The amazing fact about JDRF" said Hennessy, "is over 80 percent of the money raised goes to finding a cure. I don’t know of any other foundation that does that."

John’s dedication and contribution caught the attention of Chicagoland Dealers Care, a Chicago Automobile Trade Association program that matches local car dealers’ charitable contributions.

Chicagoland Dealers Care matched the River Oaks Ford donation, contributing an additional $1500 to JDRF.

"We are impressed by the organization’s effectiveness and dedication to its mission," said CATA President Dave Sloan. "Supporting organizations of this caliber is precisely what our Chicagoland Dealers Care fund is all about," said CATA President Dave Sloan.

For news on other nonprofits helped by Chicagoland Dealers Care, see the Web site,