Julia Sherr Unites Family & Friends for a Holiday Berrie Center Toy Drive

When one family member lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D), inevitably it effects the entire family. Such is the case with 16-year-old Julia Sherr. Julia’s older brother, Matthew, was diagnosed with T1D at age six. With his diagnosis came many challenges, some good days and some not so good. Julia feels as if she has been on the journey right beside him.

“Over the last fourteen years I have seen my brother persevere and not let diabetes get in the way of living a normal life,” said Julia. “I am extremely proud of what he has accomplished.”

To honor her brother and support other children “who are going the same difficult transition that my brother went through”, Julia recently initiated a campaign to support to the Berrie Center toy program – a year round tradition in which pediatric patients at the Berrie Center choose a new toy to bring home after a visit.

Julia (pictured below on the far right, with Matthew and sisters Emily and Hannah) wrote to family and friends with her personal story, and the response was overwhelming. Boxes and boxes of toys and gift cards arrived at the Berrie Center in time for the holiday season. For months to come, the toy room shelves will be stocked and smiles will be plentiful.

Berrie Center benefactor Russ Berrie wanted children to leave their visits with a huge smile and a new toy, and 20 years later, it remains one of our most popular policies. In order to keep our shelves stocked with toys the Berrie Center relies on the generosity of supporters, like Julia Sherr.

“Many thanks for the Sherr family’s ongoing support for the Berrie Center,” said Berrie Center Co-Director Dr. Robin Goland, the J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “Your support means a lot to so many. I want to thank Julia specifically for her inspirational gift that will make an incredible difference to our youngest patients.”

Julia, who is a junior in high school, hopes to be a doctor one day. Her parents, Holly and David, are extremely proud of her mission and dedication to supporting children with T1D.

You can still contribute to Julia’s mission. Visit the Berrie Center's pre-approved Amazon "Wish List" and, for your convenience, have your donationsent directly to the Berrie Center.

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Matthew, Emily, Hannah and Julia Sherr