Press Release – New York City, NY, March 20, 2017 – JDRF NYC Chapter is proud to announce that Mike Natter, artist with PORTRAITS FOR GOOD will conduct an art presentation during the Kids Track at the TypeOneNation Summit taking place on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at The Westin Grand Central. Mike Natter, a type one diabetic, diagnosed at age 9, has a strong connection to T1D and JDRF. Mike is a native of New York City to which he attributes much of his initial creative influence. Growing up blocks away from beacons of culture, such as Lincoln Center, exposed him to the arts early on.
The body of his work is largely inspired by his medical studies, human form, and the human condition. He has gained national recognition for his use of visual study techniques and his doodling of his medical journey on Instagram, which was highlighted on Buzzfeed. With each artwork created by Mike and sold through PORTRAITS FOR GOOD, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to JDRF.
“We are pleased to partner with JDRF and support the organization’s ongoing work to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, and to improve the lives of those who live with this disease in the meantime,” said Alix Greenberg, Founder, PORTRAITS FOR GOOD.
T1D affects millions of people and can be diagnosed at any age. It is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. People with T1D must administer insulin multiple times every day to survive. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and, at present, there is no cure. Continued investments in promising research are needed to put an end to T1D and its devastating complications. For more information about T1D or how to donate to JDRF, visit jdrf.org.