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I believe the U.S. Tax Code was written with the idea that helping others should also benefit the donor. Thus, the tax deduction for charity giving has remained a constant itemized deduction through many years of tax law change.

There are many ways of giving and many charities to give to. It all depends on your desire to help.

The rest of this message will deal with one charity that can save lives of millions of children and the different methods to help.

My oldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes) when he was two years old. His life, his mother's life, his younger brother and sister's lives and my life will never be the same.

Insulin is not a cure. Each container of insulin comes with a warning that taking too little or too much can KILL YOU. Insulin is the same as a life presever to a drowning person. It will hold you afloat for a while, but if help does not arrive the life preserver will not be able to maintain your life.

Diabetes kills one American every three minutes. A new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 40 seconds.

Juvenule Diabetes kills kids. Juvenile Diabetes blinds kids. Juvenile Diabetes kills legs and arms and kidneys and a child's dreams.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation was founded in 1970 by parents of children with diabetes who promised to find a cure within their children's lifetimes. JDRF's mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through research. JDRF gives more resources to diabetes research than any other nonprofit, nongovernmental organization in the world. More than 80 cents of every dollar collected go directly to diabetes research and education with only 5 cents spent on administrative costs.

My oldest son is now sixteen years old and is on an insulin pump, which was developed through research from your help. Without insulin he would have not seen his third birthday. Without the insulin pump he would have to take four to five shots a day. With insulin and no cure his dreams may never be realized. Help

I have served as the Treasuer on the Board of Directors of the South Florida Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for six years and I have come to an understanding of this killer of children and know that we must find a cure.

All I ask of you is in your tax planning, estate planning, charity planning is to help. No help no cure. It's as simple as that.

If you wish to help you can make your tax deductible donation to: "Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation" and forward your donation to either c/o my office

Elliot B. Medoff CPA PA
969 NW 31st Ave.
Pompano Beach, FL 33069


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
3411 NW 9th Ave. Suite 701
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309

Please visit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation web site for more information at

Thank YOU for your help.