Type 1 Diabetes Changes Lives Forever.
On December 22, 2010, our 16 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We very quickly realized two very important things. The first; this disease is not one where an individual can lead a “normal” life and secondly it is costly, even with health insurance. Within a few short months we learned that there were a significant number of children in who were unable to get adequate supplies for blood glucose testing, something that must be done multiple times daily. It was at this point where HADC was formed as a non-profit public charity with a mission to raise money to purchase testing supplies and insulin for kids in need. With that mission in mind, we began to seek funding through car washes, hot dog sales, and informational tables out side of supermarkets or any other source of nickels and dimes.
Realizing that funding was top priority, we also knew that it was equally important to begin to develop a Board of Directors that included well published professionals in the field of diabetes research and treatment. In a very short period of time, HADC was fortunate enough to gain the support of Dr’s Todd Brusko, David Wagner, and Jon Piganelli as members of the Board. In addition, Michael Haller, MD joined HADC as Medical Director. Information on Dr’s Haller, Brusko, Wagner and Piganelli can be found in the “About” section of this site. In addition to the above experts, HADC enjoys an excellent and ongoing relationship with Mark Atkinson, PhD. Dr. Atkinson is the Director of the Diabetes Institute at the University of Florida and has recently been named as the #2 Top Doctor in the World in Type 1 Diabetes.
After purchasing more than 60,000 blood glucose test strips, 60,000 lancets, hundreds of test meters, and tens of thousands of units of insulin along with other items required by children with diabetes, the service that HADC provides began to move more to the forefront. We were receiving calls from hospitals requesting assistance, health care providers began to contact us, and school nurses became aware of HADC.
With this new recognition came the need for additional funding. Through the generosity of individuals, and grants from wonderful organizations such as the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, HADC is continuing to be able to purchase these life saving items for children in financial need.
The number of Americans being diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise at alarming rates. The American Diabetes Association reports that almost 10% of the US population has diabetes while another 8 million are undiagnosed. In addition, the ADA reports that 86 million Americans over the age of 20 years have pre-diabetes.Our aim is to continue to do all that we can to do our part in helping those children who, through no fault of their own, are left behind.