Superfriend of the Month: Margie Teller

September 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm Leave a comment

Margie Teller has a successful career as a trader, but her philanthropic work and worthy cause has us calling her SQ1’s September Superfriend of the Month.  Margie’s daughter, Rachel, was diagnosed with diabetes when she was just 18 months old; In 2002, she founded Friends for the Cure, a fundraising group to support research and educational programs for the American Diabetes Association, where she also serves as a board member.

The mission of the Friends for the Cure committee is friends and family united; raising funds to find a cure for diabetes. Proceeds of Friends for the Cure events benefit The American Diabetes Association, who is at the forefront of the fight to prevent, treat, and cure diabetes.

What better way to raise funds than a party with the motto “no stiffs allowed”!  Friends for a Cure made a conscious effort to have their parties be FUN events, like no other fundraiser.  There are no speakers, no sit-down dinner….it is meant to be a celebration of how far we’ve come since Rachel was diagnosed 15 years ago.  Ready to get your ticket and participate in this fun event?  Purchase them here.

For additional event details, please visit www.FriendsForTheCure.com.  Join Friends for the Cure on Facebook and Twitter

Q:  Marge, tell us a little bit about Friends for a Cure and how this exciting event came about.
A: Friends for the Cure was started by a group of colleagues and friends in response to my daughter Rachel’s diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 18 months.  This is our seventh event to raise both awareness about this terrible and epidemic disease and money for research for a cure. We hope to surpass the 2 million dollar mark with this year’s gala.

Q:  How and why did you come to your current position at Friends for a Cure?
A:  I have seen the effects that this disease causes on a daily basis:  Seizures, high and low blood sugar, injections, blood tests….It has become a very personal mission to me to find a cure so I have chaired the event since inception.

Q:  How has working with Friends for a Cure impacted your life and what about your job brings you the most joy?
A:  You never know how people are going to react during a crisis.  I am very lucky to be surrounded by a group that rallied around us when we needed them most and have made this cause their own.  Diabetes could have been a very isolating disease, but we have never felt alone because so many people have been in our corner helping us work towards a cure.

Q:  What’s the one thing that you now know that you wish you knew when you were growing up?
A:  To never sweat the small stuff.

Q:What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
A:  Never ever let fear of failure scare you away from trying something new.

Q:What is your biggest accomplishment?
A: I have two:  Getting to the top of a field (trading) that people always said was a man’s world.  And raising my daughter to be a wonderful and healthy young woman (she’s 17 now!)

Q:If you could say something to the next generation what would it be?
A:  That it is very important to be resilient. Anyone can navigate life when things are good, but there are ALWAYS bumps in the road and true character is defined by how you handle adversity.

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