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The Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Medicine Memorial Hospital and Chicago Magazine Present the 15th Annual Summer Lovin' Event

Northwestern Memorial Hospital June 16, 2015

Event introduces Chicago magazine’s most eligible singles and benefits a Northwestern Medicine Type 1 diabetes study that aims to better diagnose and identify risk

Four female attendees at the Summer Lovin eventCHICAGO, IL – Chicago magazine and The Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital will introduce the magazine’s most eligible singles featured in its July 2015 issue at the 15th annual Summer Lovin’ fundraiser which will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.

More than 1,000 young professionals are expected to attend the evening event filled with delicious food from leading Chicago restaurants, cocktails, and outstanding entertainment, as well as access to the museum’s extensive exhibits. Proceeds will support new Type 1 diabetes research led by Northwestern Medicine researcher Jing Jin, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine-nephrology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

“The auxiliary board plays a unique and exciting role on the Northwestern Memorial campus by supporting physicians and their potentially monumental research,” said Laura Lewandowski, auxiliary board president. “This year marks the 15th anniversary of our signature event, Summer Lovin’ and with the continued support of our great event partner, Chicago magazine, we are proud to support innovative research that will make a difference for patients with Type 1 diabetes.”

Typically diagnosed in children and young adults, patients with Type 1 diabetes need insulin treatment for their entire lives and are prone to debilitating and life-threatening complications including heart disease, stroke and kidney malfunction. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Aiming to improve the understanding of the cause of the disease, Jin’s team discovered that insulin sometimes undergoes a chemical modification, which consequently triggers immune reactivity.

“The blood test developed in our study could be the first of its kind to aid Type 1 diabetes diagnosis and risk assessment,” Jin said. “We know that the rate of Type 1 incidence among children is increasing and that this chronic disease accounts for almost $15 billion annually in healthcare costs. New research, new findings like ours will help physicians better understand this disease and its causes, leading hopefully one day, to a cure.”

Summer Lovin’ tickets are $115 and VIP tickets, which include transportation and front-of-line access to the after-party at Studio Paris (located at 59 W. Hubbard St.) are $140. The cost to purchase tickets day of the event is $125 for general admission and $150 for VIP upgrades if available.

Attire for the event is casual chic. To purchase tickets, contact Kristyn Eskridge at Northwestern Memorial Foundation at 312.926.7133.

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