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Sore muscles for a good cause: JDRF Real Estate Games Chicago raises over $154,000

More than 100 of Chicago’s top brokers, developers and property managers came together this month with the goal of raising money to help find a cure for Type One Diabetes (T1D).

At the inaugural JDRF Real Estate Games Chicago on May 17, 12 teams of eight people met at the Fitness Formula Club Union Station to join the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) fight to “turn Type One into Type None.”

T1D is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It affects more than 1.25 million people in the U.S. Unlike Type 2, T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it, and it requires a lifetime of daily insulin injections and blood testing to prevent the negative effects of both high and low blood sugar, and to simply stay alive.

At present, there is no cure. However, we are trying to change that through our support of the JDRF. The JDRF has funded more than $2 billion in research to date, making significant progress toward finding a cure for this disease.

The Real Estate Games were co-founded 28 years ago by our colleague Adam Singer in Savills Studley’s DC office, to rally the local real estate community around the cause. Two years ago, New York launched its own version of the games. Overall, the games have raised more than $8 million to help JDRF fund research.

Chicago has a strong philanthropic culture and our office was excited to bring the Real Estate Games to Chicago. Matt Cohen and I were proud to serve as Co-Chairs of the steering committee, which included our EVP of Operations, George Kohl. Collectively, the teams involved in the Chicago Games raised over $154,000.

After sweating through six events — dodgeball, a quarterback challenge, weightlifting, spinning, cup stacking and tug of war — the team from HFF emerged as the winners. We crowned the HFF team and celebrated everyone’s effort at an awards party at Little Toasted restaurant at 300 South Riverside Plaza. Even though our team nursed sore muscles the next day, we had a sense of purpose, a feeling of accomplishment and heightened team spirit. We all felt good about doing something important to help the millions of people who struggle with this disease on a daily basis.

We hope for the day that diabetes will be in the past, when there’s no need to raise more money for research. Until a cure is found, we’ll be back to compete again.

Kudos to our competitors: Brittany Whitford, Isabel Preskill, Dawn Dolan, Jon Azulay, Matt Cohen, Chris Tarzon, Brock Chenier and Lyle Levin.

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