Sunday, January 28, 2007

10-Year Old Boy Uses the Promise Ball Silent Auction to Give Back to the Medical Community – Phoenix, Arizona

It was a painful time for the Jentlies when 10-year-old Andrew was diagnosed with diabetes several months ago. Since that time, Andrew has been determined to help find a cure for the disease. Although the initial decision caused some inner conflict, he made the choice to put his cherished “mini” horse up for the silent auction at the Promise Ball in Phoenix, an annual fund-raising gala for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Miniature horses stand about 38 inches high and Andrew’s “mini,” named Zig Zag, was expected to start the bidding at $3,000. The only prerequisites for bidding were that the winners love him, enter him in contests and let him play in a proper field. Zig Zag is also a mini-celebrity in some circles. As a yearling, the light brown and white 4-year-old registered miniature show horse had been entered at various festivals and contests.

The Desert Southwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International holds the Promise Ball every winter. JDRF Desert Southwest Chapter's seventh Annual Promise Ball raises money for research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. In 2006 , the Ball raised an astounding $2.2 million and netted $1.9 million to support research. For more information on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, visit