Today, a shocking revelation about the JDRF: two employees have been caught embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars, the New York Times reports. This is pretty well the worst news I have heard since my diagnosis with diabetes four years ago.
Imagine the fireworks! All those parents killing themselves to raise money for JDRF, striving to fund research toward a cure. All those dedicated walkers and cyclists doing the same. And all the rest of us, who’d put our unconditional trust and hopes into this organization…
Naturally, bad eggs can pop up anywhere. Let us hope that the guilty parties — Jonathan Stenger, national director, and Jason Brown, national manager (who were both already fired late last year) — were isolated cases of crookdom and haven’t colored the rest of the organization. Just as naturally, however, this scandal is going to leave a blot on the JDRF’s rep. I hope donations don’t dry up.
To make matters worse,the foundation’s president and CEO Arnold W. Donald, 53, is stepping down tomorrow supposedly due to urgent “family matters” that are unrelated to the investigation. Right.
I’m just so disappointed at the moment. That’s all I have to say.