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Inserra Supermarkets Chain Raises $200,000 to Support Diabetes Research

Through a companywide fundraising effort, Mahwah-based Inserra Supermarkets recently raised more than $200,000 to support the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), a recognized leader in cure-focused research, and its Foundation (DRIF). The family-owned Inserra Supermarkets chain is an ardent supporter of the DRI, which utilized the funding to launch the Lindsey Inserra-Hughes Immune Tolerance Seminar Series to advance immunology research for type 1 diabetes.

The inaugural meeting of this new seminar series was held this fall at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The forum provides the opportunity for DRI and University of Miami scientists to share knowledge and novel ideas with other leading immunologists worldwide who are working on the latest approaches to establish immune tolerance and reverse autoimmunity, the disease process that causes the onset of type 1 diabetes.

“I’m so honored and humbled to be part of such an important program that gives the world’s leading immunologists the opportunity to come together and focus on one of the most critical issues in type 1 diabetes,” said Lindsey Inserra-Hughes, who is the vice president of marketing and corporate retail health and wellness of Inserra Supermarkets. “The DRI has made extraordinary progress in restoring natural insulin production and its major focus on the immune system and autoimmunity gives me real hope for a biological cure.”

Each year, Inserra Supermarkets holds the month-long fundraiser at its 22 ShopRite stores located in New Jersey and New York as well as at its PriceRite in Garfield. Danielle Wares, an associate of ShopRite of Hoboken, raised the most donations during this year’s campaign.

“It’s the generous spirit of our customers and dedication of our associates that made this event such a tremendous success,” said Inserra-Hughes, who lives with type 1 diabetes. Inserra-Hughes, who serves as the Young Professionals’ Chair of the DRIF’s Northeast Region Board of Directors, and her family have been tireless advocates for diabetes research for decades. “My family and I are truly thankful for everyone’s efforts,” she added.

Inserra Supermarkets is well respected as a good corporate citizen committed to improving the lives of local residents and providing support to numerous nonprofit organizations. Its ShopRite locations in New Jersey include Bayonne, Columbia Park, Emerson, Fair Lawn, Hackensack, Hillsdale, Hoboken, Jersey City, Lodi, Lyndhurst, New Milford, Northvale, Palisades Park, Ramsey, Wallington, Wayne and West Milford. In New York, locations include Garnerville, New City, Stony Point, Tallman and West Nyack.

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