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. Some supplies may even be sent to school nurses upon determining the need.
As the new Director of the Volusia County Division, I am passionate about helping those facing the challenges of Diabetes—especially Type 1. I was diagnosed in 2004 at the age of 51 after a compromise to my immune system. I grew up an athlete and what a life-changing event! My first year, I was giving myself 6-8 shots per day of insulin. By the second year, my doctor suggested the insulin pump. Struggling with the thought of having this “thing” attached to me, I finally decided to utilize the pump. It actually enabled me to have better control of my diabetes. Fast forward to 2018, I met the brother of HADC’s President and Founder, Tami Balavage. After talking with Tami about the organization, I pursued developing a division in Volusia County, as I recognized the need for support to the community was lacking. My dream is to be able to live without the pump and insulin but until that day, I want to do what I can to help those struggling daily to meet the challenges head on and and learn healthier habits to support their diabetes.
HELP A DIABETIC CHILD FOUNDATION EXPANDS LIFE-SAVING SERVICES FOR PATIENTS IN NEED IN VOLUSIA COUNTY
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.
Our Mailing Address
Inaugural Lohman Florida Diabetes & Wellness Conference - Volusia County
WHEN: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 9-4pm
WHERE: YMCA 4701 City Center Blvd. Port Orange, FL. 32129
WHO: Open to children, families and medical personnel.
INFO: A CME Credit Track is being considered for accreditation.
Check here: VolusiaDiabetes.com for details and registration information
Keynote Speaker: Ryan Reed, NASCAR Driver
DIABETES OUTREACH SERIES
WHEN: Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
WHERE: Port Orange Family YMCA, 4701 City Center Blvd., Port Orange, FL
TOPIC: The Cause for Obesity and Understanding How to Resist it and Many Related Illnesses of Inflammation
INFO: Snacks and drinks provided. Please spread the word and come out and join us! For more information contact
CONTACTS: Cheryl Jenkins, 386-547-8149, or Mica Lill, 386-405-9889