New York, New York – March 12, 2007 – About 1,000people attending the Diabetes Research Institute’s Carnivalfor a Cure fundraising event in New York yesterday were treated to alive concert by the young pop rock band, the Jonas Brothers, andsome surprising inspiration from one of the band members.
Nick Jonas, 14, who sings vocals and plays guitar and drums for theband, took center stage after the band’s opening song andasked for a show of hands of people in the audience, especiallykids, who have diabetes. He then raised his own hand, acknowledgingfor the first time publicly that he has type 1 diabetes, a disease that results when the body does not produce the hormone insulin thatis needed to convert sugar into energy.
Nick, who performs music around the country and in Europe with hisolder brothers Kevin, 19, and Joe, 17, told the families at NewYork’s Metropolitan Pavilion he was diagnosed while on tour inNovember 2005. Exhibiting the classic symptoms of the disease, hewas thirsty all the time, lost a lot of weight, and was actinguncharacteristically moody. When his doctor told him his sugarlevel was 700, meaning he had diabetes, his first thought was thathe might die
“I had an emotional breakdown since I really had no idea whatdiabetes was all about,” said Nick. “I wondered,‘why me?’ Then I asked myself, ‘why notme?’ and realized that I might be able to help other kids withdiabetes.”
Nick spent three days in the hospital learning how to manage hisdiabetes, including how to give himself insulin injections severaltimes a day. The band’s busy tour schedule as a DisneyChannel and teen and tween-aged pop rock band favorite, mademanaging his diabetes with injections a challenge.
After reviewing different insulin therapy options includingconventional insulin pumps that deliver insulin via long tubingattached to a pump typically worn on the belt, Nick opted insteadfor a relatively new insulin delivery system called the OmniPod