TORONTO, July 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE:
SLF) is teaming up with BEYOND TYPE 1 to provide select community
members of the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) and JDRF Quebec
living with diabetes the once in a lifetime chance to meet
singer/songwriter Nick Jonas.
"I'm thrilled to join forces with Sun Life Financial in the fight
against diabetes and encourage people living with this disease to
follow their dreams and live beyond their diagnosis," said Nick Jonas,
co-founder, BEYOND TYPE 1. "Since I was first diagnosed with type 1
diabetes at the age of 13, I've learned how to properly manage my
disease to not only live, but live well. Although type 1 diabetes is
not preventable, 90% of people with diabetes live with type 2, which in
many cases can be prevented or delayed by identifying risks, eating
well and staying active."
Throughout the summer of 2016, Sun Life Financial, the CDA and JDRF
Quebec will be joining Nick Jonas on the road for the Canadian leg of
his world tour. With stops in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton,
Calgary and Winnipeg, select community members of the CDA and JDRF
Quebec living with diabetes will have the opportunity to meet and speak
with Nick Jonas and enjoy his concert free of charge.
"We want to inspire these people to continue to manage their disease
effectively and, like Nick, lead full and successful lives," said Paul
Joliat, Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy & Sponsorships, Sun Life
Financial. "Diabetes is a global epidemic and rates continue to rise.
That's why, at Sun Life, we're committed to the prevention of diabetes
and its related complications and want to remind Canadians that knowing
their risk level is simple yet vital."
Sun Life Financial is encouraging Canadians to visit www.sunlifeagainstdiabetes.com, get screened for their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and take the
proper steps to help prevent it or manage its onset.
"Eleven million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes.
That's why learning your risk for type 2 diabetes is such an important
step to take charge of your health. The CDA works with Canadians
affected by type 1 and type 2 diabetes to help them better manage the
disease and to try to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes whenever
possible. We are thankful to Nick Jonas, Sun Life Financial and BEYOND
TYPE 1 for helping us get this important message out," said CDA
President and CEO Rick Blickstead.
For more information about Sun Life Financial's support of diabetes,
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services
organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth
products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life
Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including
Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the
Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore,
Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2016, the Sun Life
Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $861
billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and
Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.
About Beyond Type 1
BEYOND TYPE 1 was founded in 2015 by Juliet de Baubigny, Nick Jonas,
Sarah Lucas and Sam Talbot. BEYOND TYPE 1 is a new brand of
philanthropy leveraging the power of social media and technology,
changing what it means to live with type 1 diabetes. By educating the
global community about this chronic, autoimmune disease, as well as
providing resources and support for those living with type 1, BEYOND
TYPE 1 bridges the gap from diagnosis to cure, empowering people to
both live well today and to fund a better tomorrow. 100% of every
dollar raised directly supports the most promising global efforts and
programs working to educate, advocate and cure type 1 diabetes.
About the Canadian Diabetes Association
The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is the registered national
charity that helps the 11 million Canadians with diabetes or
prediabetes live healthy lives, and educates those at risk. In
communities across Canada, the CDA offers educational programs and
support services; develops resources for health-care professionals on
best practices to care for people with diabetes; advocates with those
affected by diabetes to governments, schools and workplaces; and, funds
research to improve treatments and find a cure.
For more information, visit www.diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).
About JDRF Canada
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D)
research. JDRF's goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from
people's lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates
with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the
scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to
better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. As the largest
charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530
million in scientific research in 18 countries. For more information,
please visit jdrf.ca
SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.
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