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Cans4Cures: Putting an End to Type 1 Diabetes, One Can at a Time!

With the goal of helping the environment and putting an end to Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), 10-year-old, Tyler Presser started a non-profit company called Cans4Cures.

His mission: Raising money, recycling cans, and plastic bottles to donate to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and JDRF, the world’s largest nonprofit funder of T1D research to help find a cure.

Tyler was only 2 years old when he was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Once known as juvenile diabetes, T1D is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy. Despite active research, T1D has no cure. Current treatment focuses on managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet, and lifestyle to prevent complications.

When first diagnosed, Tyler, lying in the hospital bed asked his dad, “Are they going to be able to fix me, Daddy?” Tyler’s Dad said, “I don’t know buddy.”

A few years later when Tyler was reminded of that story, he was inspired to help find a cure, thus the creation of Cans4Cure. 

“I hope one day when the next little boy asks, “Will they be able to fix me Daddy, the Dad can say “Yes!”

Tyler is truly an inspiration. To help Tyler with his cause, Online Trading Academy has set up several depositories throughout the corporate and Irvine offices to collect cans and plastic bottles.

These recyclables are then picked up by Tyler’s Dad at the end of each week. The proceeds are given to CHOC as well as JDRF where in-house scientists oversee a diverse portfolio of research tracks. While their main focus is on curing T1D, they also pursue new treatments to keep people with T1D healthy until that day comes. Outside of the lab, they push for increased government funding for research, and work with academia, clinicians, insurers and regulators to get new therapies and devices to market quickly and safely.

Online Trading academy is proud to sponsor Tyler and help him achieve his goal.

If you would like to learn more about Tyler and his journey, you can follow him here:




Or, if you would like to make a donation, you can donate directly to the JDRF using the following link: http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/Cans4Cures

For those collecting recyclable for Tyler, the following containers are acceptable:

  1. Plastic waters bottles of any size
  2. Plastic bottles for other beverages like iced tea, juice, etc.
  3. Aluminum cans (soda, beer, energy drinks, sparkling water, etc.)
  4. Glass bottles (Snapple, beer, Starbuck’s coffee bottles, Kombucha, etc.)

We are with you Tyler.