Mary Tyler Moore is remembered for her extraordinary work on stage, film and television but her efforts to raise awareness of the importance of diabetes research are also recognized by patients and research advocates alike. Moore was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 33-years-old—right before ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ began filming in 1970.
“When I was first diagnosed, I debated about how up front I should be about my diabetes, and whether telling colleagues might hinder my work as an actor”, Moore explained in a 2006 interview, “But I also realized that if I did speak out, I might be able to help others better cope and manage their diabetes.”
For more than thirty years, Moore served as the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). In this role, she actively engaged lawmakers and on several occasions accompanied children living with Type 1 Diabetes to speak with congressional representatives to advocate for research funding as part of the JDRF’s Children’s Congress.
Research!America honored Moore at the 2005 Advocacy Awards, where she accepted an award on behalf of the JDRF, which was being saluted as an “organization that has distinguished itself by its advocacy.”
In a statement, the JDRF said, “With Moore’s passing our country has lost an advocate, a hero and a woman who ‘turned the world on with her smile’ both on and off screen.”