How We Work
In most cases, HADC receives a referral from a hospital Emergency Room with a newly diagnosed child, a doctor, nurse, school nurse, diabetes educator, or social worker of a child or young adult that needs help getting insulin or diabetes supplies. Our president, Tami Balvage, makes contact directly with the patient/patient’s parent to ascertain the details of their situation. Once a determination is made, HADC will have a package drop-shipped from a medical supply company containing supplies such as Test Strips, Lancets, Meters, Syringes, Pen Needles based upon need. If they need insulin, the patient must have the prescription sent to the pharmacy so HADC can pay for the insulin over the phone and then it can either be picked up or mailed to the patient. No one from HADC handles any of the diabetes supplies or insulin. Supplies are sent directly to the patient most of the time from ADW Diabetes® www.adwdiabetes.com located in Pompano Beach, FL. Some supplies may even be sent to school nurses upon determining the need.
HELP A DIABETIC CHILD FOUNDATION EXPANDS LIFE-SAVING SERVICES FOR PATIENTS IN NEED IN VOLUSIA COUNTY
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL. – Help A Diabetic Child Foundation (HADC), a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to providing children with vital diabetic supplies and insulin, announced it has expanded services to Volusia County. This move will enable the agency to provide testing supplies and insulin for local children struggling with Type 1 diabetes.
The opening of the Volusia County Division was assisted by a $10,000 contribution by the Lohman family, founders of the former Lohman Funeral Homes in Ormand Beach.
“I remember reading the article in the newspaper the morning of an HADC fundraising event, and what got my attention was the fact that this organization supports children with Type 1 Diabetes and the fact that all funds acquired here stay in Volusia County,” said Lowell Lohman. “Nancy and I believe we are very lucky to have a division of HADC in our local community, as the number of children with Type 1 Diabetes seems to continually be increasing. With the rising costs of insurance, even that of insulin and diabetic supplies, many times families find themselves agonizing over how to feed their family plus pay for the supplies and insulin to keep their child alive. We were drawn to the need of being a part of helping HADC in their efforts and urge others to do so also.”
The new Volusia County Division is being led by Director Cheryl Jenkins with assistance from Ted Clifton and Leo Decker. Since opening this summer, the agency has hosted a community outreach night out with plans for another event coming up soon. It also is working to create a support group for children and parents who are dealing with diabetes.
“The rising cost of insulin has made it more difficult for us to provide diabetic kids with the supplies they require,” Jenkins said. “We are very appreciative to the Lohman Family and the growing number of other local supporters who are helping us meet our mission of providing these life-saving items for patients in need of support in Volusia County.”
Statistics show that the number of Americans being diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise at alarming rates. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports that almost 10% of the 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.
Based in Naples, the Help A Diabetic Child Foundation was founded by Tami Balavage after her 16-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2010. It quickly became evident that there was a significant number of children who were unable to get adequate supplies for blood glucose testing, something that must be done multiple times daily.
“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,” said Balavage.
To learn more about the Help A Diabetic Child Foundation or to support its mission of providing life-saving supplies and services in Volusia County, call Cheryl Jenkins at 386-547-8149 or send an e-mail to: [email protected]. For more information on the Help A Diabetic Child Foundation, visit www.helpadiabeticchild.org.