Type 1 Diabetes Changes Lives Forever.
On December 22, 2010, our 16-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We soon 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 who were unable to get adequate supplies for blood glucose testing, something that must be done multiple times daily and insulin. It was at this point where HADC was formed as a non-profit public charity with a mission to raise money to purchase glucose 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 outside of supermarkets or any other source of nickels and dimes.
Since our early days, HADC has received generous support from the Community Foundation of Collier County, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., Walmart Foundation, The League Club, and other organizations along with individuals who want to join our mission.
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 to gain the support of some of the world’s best experts in the field of diabetes research, treatment, prevention, and cure. In addition, Michael Haller, MD, Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Florida College of Medicine, joined HADC as Medical Director. Information on the Board 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 had been named as the #2 Top Doctor in the World in Type 1 Diabetes.
To date, HADC has purchased hundreds of thousands of glucose test strips, lancets, meters, syringes, pen needles, and other diabetes supplies along with tens of thousands of units of insulin and glucagon pens for children and college students. HADC continues to purchase lifesaving medical supplies, insulin, and services 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.