$856 donated to JDRF in May’s nameWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
More than $800 was donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Northwest Ohio (JDRF) in Frankie May’s name.
The money will help fund research to find a cure for diabetes, said Shelley Crossley, special events manager for JDRF.
Originally money was being collected through a PayPal account to send May, Crystal Bowersox’s bassist, to the May 25 season finale of “American Idol.” Michelle Reed donated the use of her account after she saw May needed money to get to L.A. on the Toledo Free Press website.
After a special concert May 23 at The Village Idiot raised enough funds to send May to L.A., further funds were asked to be donated to local Juvenile Diabetes organizations.
“I think Crystal has brought diabetes to people’s attention. Crystal’s Type I and this is a lifelong disease that you don’t grow out of,” Crossley said. “[Bowersox’s promotion of diabetes] has really helped some of our kids. Some found out they had Type I when they were young; seeing Crystal makes them see they can do anything they want to do. This has given them a great person to look up to.”
The PayPal account collected at total of $856 in a little more than 24 hours. Donations came in from Michigan, Ohio, California and Arizona as well as a $550 donation from Singapore.
“My family were, and are, moved by Crystal’s story, and by her music. Frankie seems an integral part of that. I read the Toledo Free Press report about him putting together funds to make it out to LA for the final, and the impromptu fundraiser at the Village Idiot,” wrote Simon, the gentleman from Singapore, in an e-mail. “the facility you set up and coordinated was a godsend. You did something great there.”
May, who had connections to Bowersox through his parents and her grandparents, first met Bowersox 10 years ago when she was playing with his father, Bobby May, at Papa’s Tavern.
For more information on JDRF, visit www.jdrf.org.