One of the most strategic projects facing Cure JM was to create a chapter structure within which the growing numbers of volunteers would find support, connection, education, and ultimately work together as a chapter to raise funds for research. Juvenile Myositis (JM) is a group of rare and life-threatening autoimmune diseases. Approximately 2 to 4 children in a million in the United States are diagnosed with JM each year. Cure JM Foundation® is the leading global nonprofit organization funding Juvenile Myositis research.
Cure JM had grown quickly to have about 3,000 families involved. Cure JM did not have the capacity to build the chapter structure with existing resources. Encore Fellows Lauren Alvord and Beth Barrer drove the chapter infrastructure project forward and managed the fundraising walk process with the chapters to raise $500,000 in research funds. Read more here.