By: Jen Blackstock
Grammy-award-nominated teen pop sensations the Jonas Brothers helped raise more than $250,000 at the annual “Rock For Diabetes” benefit on May 16, held at the home of Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. More than 200 people attended this year’s benefit, which raised funds for the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The Jonas Brother performed a special live show just for the attendees.. “It was thrilling to see the smiles on the children’s faces as the Jonas Brothers sang and when Nick talked about his own diabetes,” said Francine Kaufman, MD, of Children’s Hospital in a Business Wire release. “Nick’s willingness to be so public has made people around the world feel differently about diabetes.”
The Jonas Brothers have been working hard to spread awareness of the disease because the youngest sibling, Nick, has been living with type 1 for many years. Nick said that when he learned that he had the disease, there was no famous face he could feel connected with. He hopes that he can fulfill that role for fans who find themselves in his shoes. “My advice is that it’s OK to rely on other people and be positive, because it will be OK,” he said.
To achieve their goal of spreading awareness of diabetes, the Jonas Brothers have performed at other benefits, as well as starting their own foundation, the Change for the Children Foundation, which supports programs that motivate and inspire children who face adversity. Diabetes was the inspiration for the title track of their second album, the 2008 smash hit A Little Bit Longer. The song was written by Nick at age 15 when he had a day when his sugar was out of range. “And it was because I had this strong inspiration. A lot of people have told me it’s inspiring,” he said.
As for this latest fundraising effort, the $250,000 raised the other night will help the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which was founded in 1901 and is one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals, acknowledged worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health.
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