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Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs)

Life with diabetes means constantly monitoring the body’s blood glucose levels. With manual glucose testing, children and young adults are forced to measure their levels through finger pricks, testing strips, and blood glucose meters. Not only is the amount of supplies overwhelming, but constant finger pricks create sore fingers, decreased testing morale, and can result in less accurate readings. Imagine having to put your child through that several times a day.

Thankfully a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) can dramatically shift those realities for families struggling with diabetes. A CGM is a small compact sensor inserted into the abdomen or arm, allowing it to take glucose readings in the fluid that surrounds cells in the body throughout the day and night.

CGMs can connect to phone Apps or secondary devices to give nearly immediate and much more accurate blood sugar readings. In most cases, this can mean little-to-no finger pricks and better health overall for a child with diabetes. 

We’ve created a cause aimed at providing CGMs to as many kids and young adults as possible. Donate today – because a kid just wants to be a kid.

01

Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs)

Life with diabetes means constantly monitoring the body’s blood glucose levels. With manual glucose testing, children and young adults are forced to measure their levels through finger pricks, testing strips, and blood glucose meters. Not only is the amount of supplies overwhelming, but constant finger pricks create sore fingers, decreased testing morale, and can result in less accurate readings. Imagine having to put your child through that several times a day.

Thankfully a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) can dramatically shift those realities for families struggling with diabetes. A CGM is a small compact sensor inserted into the abdomen or arm, allowing it to take glucose readings in the fluid that surrounds cells in the body throughout the day and night.

CGMs can connect to phone Apps or secondary devices to give nearly immediate and much more accurate blood sugar readings. In most cases, this can mean little-to-no finger pricks and better health overall for a child with diabetes. 

We’ve created a cause aimed at providing CGMs to as many kids and young adults as possible. Donate today – because a kid just wants to be a kid.

02

Insulin

Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans, which regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. Medical insulin is prescribed to individuals with diabetes since their bodies do not naturally regulate blood sugar.

Insulin must be injected into the body either through syringes or an insulin pump several times a day. An individual with diabetes could go through 2 vials of insulin per month to properly regulate their blood sugar levels. Insulin vials only last 28 days after they’re first opened, so if a vial expires, spills or breaks it can’t be used. 

At nearly $300 per vial, insulin is one of the most costly medications required to manage diabetes. It’s a medicine that can be produced for just a few dollars but manufacturers Eli Lilly, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk mark up the price as much as 5,000% and there are seven million Americans with diabetes that have no choice but to pay.

The cost is so high that individuals with diabetes have done desperate things to get by, like using expired insulin, relying on crowdfunding to pay their bills, or taking less insulin than they need in an effort to ration their supplies. Insulin rationing is extremely dangerous and can lead to a deadly condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis. 

Since 2013 we’ve purchased over 330 vials of insulin for struggling families. We’ve created this cause to continue raising funds specifically for purchasing live-saving insulin for those who can’t afford it. Help us ensure that no child dies because they, or their families, can’t afford insulin.

02

Insulin

Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans, which regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. Medical insulin is prescribed to individuals with diabetes since their bodies do not naturally regulate blood sugar.

Insulin must be injected into the body either through syringes or an insulin pump several times a day. An individual with diabetes could go through 2 vials of insulin per month to properly regulate their blood sugar levels. Insulin vials only last 28 days after they’re first opened, so if a vial expires, spills or breaks it can’t be used. 

At nearly $300 per vial, insulin is one of the most costly medications required to manage diabetes. It’s a medicine that can be produced for just a few dollars but manufacturers Eli Lilly, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk mark up the price as much as 5,000% and there are seven million Americans with diabetes that have no choice but to pay.

The cost is so high that individuals with diabetes have done desperate things to get by, like using expired insulin, relying on crowdfunding to pay their bills, or taking less insulin than they need in an effort to ration their supplies. Insulin rationing is extremely dangerous and can lead to a deadly condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis. 

Since 2013 we’ve purchased over 330 vials of insulin for struggling families. We’ve created this cause to continue raising funds specifically for purchasing live-saving insulin for those who can’t afford it. Help us ensure that no child dies because they, or their families, can’t afford insulin.

02

Insulin

Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans, which regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. Medical insulin is prescribed to individuals with diabetes since their bodies do not naturally regulate blood sugar.

Insulin must be injected into the body either through syringes or an insulin pump several times a day. An individual with diabetes could go through 2 vials of insulin per month to properly regulate their blood sugar levels. Insulin vials only last 28 days after they’re first opened, so if a vial expires, spills or breaks it can’t be used. 

At nearly $300 per vial, insulin is one of the most costly medications required to manage diabetes. It’s a medicine that can be produced for just a few dollars but manufacturers Eli Lilly, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk mark up the price as much as 5,000% and there are seven million Americans with diabetes that have no choice but to pay.

The cost is so high that individuals with diabetes have done desperate things to get by, like using expired insulin, relying on crowdfunding to pay their bills, or taking less insulin than they need in an effort to ration their supplies. Insulin rationing is extremely dangerous and can lead to a deadly condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis. 

Since 2013 we’ve purchased over 330 vials of insulin for struggling families. We’ve created this cause to continue raising funds specifically for purchasing live-saving insulin for those who can’t afford it. Help us ensure that no child dies because they, or their families, can’t afford insulin.

03

Diabetes Medical Supplies

Along with medication and doctor visits, individuals with diabetes find themselves in need of a wide variety of medical supplies to properly monitor and control their blood sugar. 

Blood glucose levels must be tracked using testing meters, test strips, lancets, pens, or continuous glucose monitors. Insulin must be administered using sterile wipes, insulin pens, syringes,  or insulin pumps. Ketone must be monitored using ketone test strips and meters. Emergency situations call for glucagon pens and/or glucose tablets. Most of these devices and supplies are single-use and are needed multiple times a day to stay healthy. 

 

Each child or young adult is directed by an Endocrinologist to manage their diabetes through a tailored regimented treatment plan, so devices and use may vary. 

To date, we’ve purchased hundreds of thousands of these materials for the individuals and families we serve. We’ve created this cause to continue assisting families in need with the compounding costs associated with all of the medical supplies needed to combat diabetes.

03

Diabetes Medical
Supplies

Along with medication and doctor visits, individuals with diabetes find themselves in need of a wide variety of medical supplies to properly monitor and control their blood sugar. 

Blood glucose levels must be tracked using testing meters, test strips, lancets, pens, or continuous glucose monitors. Insulin must be administered using sterile wipes, insulin pens, syringes,  or insulin pumps. Ketone must be monitored using ketone test strips and meters. Emergency situations call for glucagon pens and/or glucose tablets. Most of these devices and supplies are single-use and are needed multiple times a day to stay healthy. 

Each child or young adult is directed by an Endocrinologist to manage their diabetes through a tailored regimented treatment plan, so devices and use may vary. 

To date, we’ve purchased hundreds of thousands of these materials for the individuals and families we serve. We’ve created this cause to continue assisting families in need with the compounding costs associated with all of the medical supplies needed to combat diabetes.

04

Emotional Support

While diabetes presents itself as a physiological disease, it brings with it an immense mental and emotional burden, not only for the diagnosed but for their caregivers and loved ones. 

For children and families, understanding the realities of the life-long management and effects of the disease can be incredibly traumatizing and demoralizing. When these same children and families are struggling financially, the mental and emotional stress can manifest physically and cause greater health risks. 

According to the American Diabetes Association, people with Type 1 Diabetes are at a heightened risk for mental health distress, including diabetes distress, depression, anxiety, and disordered eating. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a  nearly 30% increase in type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnoses in the United States, with youth cases growing most sharply among diverse populations.

These statistics show the importance of prioritizing mental health support within the diabetes community, especially among those struggling financially. We believe in coordinating treatment options that consider a child’s health holistically so that they have the opportunity to thrive both physically and mentally. Help us continue funding this support by contributing to this important cause.

04

Emotional Support

While diabetes presents itself as a physiological disease, it brings with it an immense mental and emotional burden, not only for the diagnosed but for their caregivers and loved ones. 

For children and families, understanding the realities of the life-long management and effects of the disease can be incredibly traumatizing and demoralizing. When these same children and families are struggling financially, the mental and emotional stress can manifest physically and cause greater health risks. 

According to the American Diabetes Association, people with Type 1 Diabetes are at a heightened risk for mental health distress, including diabetes distress, depression, anxiety, and disordered eating. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a  nearly 30% increase in type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnoses in the United States, with youth cases growing most sharply among diverse populations.

These statistics show the importance of prioritizing mental health support within the diabetes community, especially among those struggling financially. We believe in coordinating treatment options that consider a child’s health holistically so that they have the opportunity to thrive both physically and mentally. Help us continue funding this support by contributing to this important cause.

04

Emotional Support

While diabetes presents itself as a physiological disease, it brings with it an immense mental and emotional burden, not only for the diagnosed but for their caregivers and loved ones. 

For children and families, understanding the realities of the life-long management and effects of the disease can be incredibly traumatizing and demoralizing. When these same children and families are struggling financially, the mental and emotional stress can manifest physically and cause greater health risks. 

According to the American Diabetes Association, people with Type 1 Diabetes are at a heightened risk for mental health distress, including diabetes distress, depression, anxiety, and disordered eating. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a  nearly 30% increase in type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnoses in the United States, with youth cases growing most sharply among diverse populations.

These statistics show the importance of prioritizing mental health support within the diabetes community, especially among those struggling financially. We believe in coordinating treatment options that consider a child’s health holistically so that they have the opportunity to thrive both physically and mentally. Help us continue funding this support by contributing to this important cause.

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