2005-03-04 / Columnists

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by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Joseph Mure: An Outstanding Humanitarian

On the 4th day in January, under the sign of Capricorn in Brooklyn, New York, Joseph Mure made his debut as the only son and middle child of Joseph and Teresa Mure.

Being the second and middle child between two sisters Joe quickly learned to speak up and speak out or be lost in the chorus. Alfred Adler found that second born children in families are very ambitious. Adler felt that the second born is the best. In the book “Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics and Creative Lives” Frank Sulloway (1996) developed the theory that children’s experiences within the family have long lasting effects. Sulloway believed that these children are more open to new ideas, more agreeable and seek new experiences. Openness to new experiences is a requirement for creative accomplishment (King 1996). Persons with this characteristic are intellectually curious, imaginative and broad minded. Agreeableness adds the factors of being good natured, cooperative, warm and sympathetic to the needs of others.

Joe Mure personifies the characteristics of the second born children – ambitious open to new experiences and agreeable. His creation of the Little North Pole outside his family home in Neponsit each December is spectacular. The creative, vibrant and interesting display was featured in December 2004 on Channel One and several other television channels in the tri state area as one of the most outstanding sights in all of New York City and one of the most important since through the display Joe focuses everyone’s attention on the need to raise funds to support research on Juvenile Diabetes. Joe Mure was chosen as the Channel One New Yorker of the Week for his outstanding work with The Diabetes Research Foundation.

Mure has spearheaded a drive throughout the five boroughs to raise funds and support the work of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Through these efforts a special juvenile diabetes unit opened at Peninsula Hospital and an endocrinology was added. This was the first specialized hospital unit for Juvenile Diabetes in Queens.

Juvenile Diabetes causes serious health problems. Heredity, viral and immunological factors play a role in the development of diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes has grown by more than 40% in the 1990’s and more people are getting the disease at an earlier age according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) health bulletin of February 3, 2005. The New York State Health Department found that more than 12,000 school children living within and attending school in New York State have juvenile diabetes. This type I diabetes is a potentially deadly illness in which the body does not produce a sufficient amount of insulin which would allow glucose to fuel cells and create energy. Statistics show that the risk for developing juvenile diabetes is higher than virtually all other severe chronic diseases of childhood combined. In fact diabetes is such a severe disease that Governor George Pataki has made it a health priority in New York State. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, blindness, amputation and nerve damage in the United States and is the third leading cause of stroke and heart attack.

Mure now serves as the Vice President of Branch Development of the New York City Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetics Research Foundation. The group was founded by parents of children with juvenile diabetes who recognize that diabetes can be cured through research. JDRF is an international non-profit voluntary health organization whose mission is to pursue research and find a cure for diabetes and its complications.

He is a prominent attorney who graduated from Queens College and Tuoro Law School. Through his vast research and experience in the area of diabetes he believes that the most excellent center for the treatment of diabetes is the Naomi Berre Diabetes Research Institute at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Joe Mure has high praise for the outstanding world renowned, capable and dedicated Director of that center – Dr. Robin Goland. Through Joe Mure’s efforts – Dr. Robin Goland and the Center at Columbia Presbyterian are showing an interest in working with the unit at Peninsula Hospital. He is leading the efforts to foster a close working relationship with both entities to ensure that children receive the best care available.

Mure feels that there are many promising breakthroughs on the horizon. There is the Edmington Study in Canada where they have injected isolate cells into a newly diagnosed person in the hopes of maintaining the activities of the pancreas. Another possibility is a pill developed in Great Britain which could be given at the outset of the disease. All these trials have many side effects. The long term tolls on the body are as yet not known. He is joined in his efforts by his beautiful, talented and chic wife – Maritza, an outstanding and recognized professional in her own right. She earned an advanced degree and has held several exhibits of her photographic endeavors, which have received rave reviews from the art world in New York City. Maritza is a gifted and capable wife, mother, daughter and sister. Maritza and Joe have three beautiful children – Christina, Joseph and Michael. They are dedicated parents, who believe that their greatest moments are those they spend together as a family.

Mure is exceptionally erudite, charismatic and passionate about his family and his work. He is an arduous and tireless voice to find a cure for diabetes. He is an indispensable resource. Through his efforts he has focused the attention of people in the tri state area on the need for further research on diabetes.

On Friday, April 1, Mure will be the honored guest at the Queens/Kings Ball for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Also being honored with Joe Mure is Ron Del Guadio the founder of Kings Pharmacy. Ron and Joe are working together for this cause. Tickets for the event are $200 each.

Joe Mure, Ron Del Gaudis and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation believe that a cure for diabetes is in sight. Your generosity will assist in this important work. Please call Catherine Innes at (212) 478-4317 or via e-mail at cinnes@jdrf.org at 432 Park Avenue South, 15 th floor, New York, New York 10016 to obtain tickets or place an ad.

He is also the co-chair of the Trinity Services luncheon. He is an energetic and vital part of the senior and youth programs offered by Trinity Services. The third annual luncheon will be on Friday, May 20 at 12 noon at Russo’s on the Bay.

Please join us on Monday, March 12 at Temple Beth El for a showing of the film Paper Clips at 8:00 PM. This is a poignant documentary chronicling a project by school children in Tennessee to learn about diversity and tolerance and the horror that hate can producer. The children could not grasp the enormity of the Holocaust. They decided to collect a paper clip for each of the six million Jews who perished. Join us at Temple Beth El as we come together to view this important movie.

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