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Pilot customers raise $12,029 for JDRF with ‘Paper Sneakers’ campaign

March 21, 2018

Pilot Convenience Stores presented a donation of $12,029 to JDRF East Tennessee for proceeds raised during the “Paper Sneakers” campaign.

JDRF East Tennessee received the check Wednesday, March 21,  from representatives of Pilot at the Pilot Convenience Store located at 405 Lovell Road in Knoxville.

Dan Fleming (left), vice president of operations for Pilot, presents a check for $12,029 to JDRF East Tennessee on March 21 at the Pilot Convenience Store on Lovell Road in Knoxville. Pictured from left: Fleming; JDRF board president Cynthia Deitle with her son, Jackson Norris, (front row) who has type 1 diabetes; JDRF development manager Christine Cloninger; and JDRF development coordinator Kellen Bridges.

“The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is doing vital work to serve the entire diabetic community in East Tennesee, and we are thankful to our loyal and compassionate customers for donating to this cause,” said Dan Fleming, vice president of operations for Pilot Convenience Stores.

The funds were raised through the sale of paper sneakers, which were sold at Knoxville-area Pilot convenience store locations. The funds will be used to help adults and children in East Tennessee who deal with type 1 diabetes. JDRF supports a variety of services, including local outreach and counseling, raising awareness and funding national research to find a cure.

“The Pilot donation will fund support services and care kits for the many families and individuals throughout East Tennessee who are affected by type 1 diabetes,” said Christine Cloninger, development manager for the East Tennessee chapter of JDRF. “We are so grateful to Pilot and every customer who bought a paper sneaker.”

About Pilot
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot operates 38 convenience stores in Tennessee.

About JDRF
The JDRF East Tennessee Chapter covers 47 counties in the East Tennessee area from the Tri-Cities to Knoxville to Chattanooga. JDRF, which unifies efforts to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D), is a global organization with a strategic plan to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives. For more information, go to