Nick Jonas and Sun Life Financial provide select members of the diabetes community to meet their pop icon

Sun Life Financial Inc. is teaming up with BEYOND TYPE 1 to provide select community members of the Canadian Diabetes Association and JDRF Quebec living with diabetes the once in a lifetime chance to meet singer/songwriter Nick Jonas.

“I’m thrilled to join forces with Sun Life Financial in the fight against diabetes and encourage people living with this disease to follow their dreams and live beyond their diagnosis,” said Nick Jonas, co-founder, BEYOND TYPE 1. “Since I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13, I’ve learned how to properly manage my disease to not only live, but live well. Although type 1 diabetes is not preventable, 90% of people with diabetes live with type 2, which in many cases can be prevented or delayed by identifying risks, eating well and staying active.”

Throughout the summer of 2016, Sun Life Financial, the CDA and JDRF Quebec will be joining Nick Jonas on the road for the Canadian leg of his world tour. With stops in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, select community members of the CDA and JDRF Quebec living with diabetes will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Nick Jonas and enjoy his concert free of charge.

“We want to inspire these people to continue to manage their disease effectively and, like Nick, lead full and successful lives,” said Paul Joliat, Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy & Sponsorships, Sun Life Financial. “Diabetes is a global epidemic and rates continue to rise. That’s why, at Sun Life, we’re committed to the prevention of diabetes and its related complications and want to remind Canadians that knowing their risk level is simple yet vital.”

Sun Life Financial is encouraging Canadians to visit here, get screened for their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and take the proper steps to help prevent it or manage its onset.

“Eleven million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes. That’s why learning your risk for type 2 diabetes is such an important step to take charge of your health. The CDA works with Canadians affected by type 1 and type 2 diabetes to help them better manage the disease and to try to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes whenever possible. We are thankful to Nick Jonas, Sun Life Financial and BEYOND TYPE 1 for helping us get this important message out,” said CDA President and CEO Rick Blickstead.