The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), South Central Texas Chapter, has received a $206,385 donation from TETCO for its continued quest to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

“TETCO has been such an amazing partner with JDRF and the Walk to Cure Diabetes since its inception,” said Shannon Nisbet, JDRF, South Central Texas Chapter executive director. “They have raised more than $800,000 for us since 2005, which places them at the top of local funders of the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Their leadership and commitment is unparalleled.”

The $206,385 was collected during the 2011 Sneaker Campaign in September which encouraged customers of TETCO Stores in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and Walker’s Stores in Utah to purchase a paper sneaker for $1 when checking out at the counter; 100% of proceeds benefited JDRF.

“TETCO has sponsored the Sneaker Campaign for years because I am a juvenile diabetic, so this cause is close to me and my family,” said Jon Turner, TETCO vice chairman. “I’ve also seen a lot of kids who have type 1 diabetes when I was on the board of JDRF, and we want to help find a cure for all kids.”

JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

TETCO is a San Antonio-based company, owned and operated by the Tom E. Turner family for more than 60 years. C-store operations, construction and equipment sales, fuel system sales and service, petrochemical distribution and environmental engineering are the company’s primary revenue sources, with significant interests in oil and gas exploration, real-estate development, paving and utility construction. TETCO operates in Texas, as well as Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.

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