Pictured left to right are Jeff Feasel, CEO Halifax Health, Ted Clifton, HADC Community Outreach, Cheryl Jenkins, HADC Director, Volusia County, Nancy Lohman, Lowell Lohman, HADC Board of Directors
Thanks to three generous donations adding up to $100,000 from Lowell and Nancy Lohman, a Volusia County division of the Help A Diabetic Child Foundation (HADC) is up and running.
“It’s huge,” said Cheryl Jenkins, director of the Volusia County division of HADC. “It’s giving us the ability to not only help on a day-to-day basis when children are identified as diabetic, but to also expand educational programs in the area.”
For the Lohmans, the donation carries a special meaning. Lowell Lohman has been a Type 1 diabetic for 54 years.
HADC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and provides vital diabetic supplies and insulin to local children with Type 1 diabetes whose families struggle financially. The organization also helps families find insurance and other services to help them obtain diabetic supplies.
The Lohmans are former owners of Lohman Funeral Homes and known for philanthropic gifts to various organizations. The HADC came on their radar in September 2018, when Lowell Lohman read a short article in The Daytona Beach News-Journal about a fundraising event hosted by the foundation.
“I immediately called them up and wrote them a check,” Lowell said. “It had a profound effect on me because it was for local children.”
Lowell Lohman has a long list of business successes, but also enjoyed athletics as both a teen and an adult. He was his high school’s quarterback, played baseball in high school and college, and won a national championship in flag football as an adult. Until recently, he kept the fact that he has diabetes private because he didn’t want anyone to “feel sorry” for him.
“I didn’t let the diabetes slow me down,” Lowell Lohman said. “I want to show kids that you can be successful with diabetes and not to use it as a crutch.”
Type 1 diabetes is the body’s reaction to a viral infection which stops the body from producing insulin.