Diabetes and You

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin.
While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.7 million people (or nearly one quarter) are unaware that they have diabetes.


The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
Take the first steps toward better diabetes care by visiting the Diabetes Learning Center -- an area for people who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, or those needing basic information.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Help Empower Kids So They Don't Feel Alone

"My daughter came home from Diabetes Camp more confident with her ability to handle her diabetes. Being able to see others experiencing the same challenges gave her a sense of not being alone in the world."~ A grateful mom

Dear Friend,
I know you understand how difficult it is to live with diabetes. It's particularly hard on children who often feel like they can't just "be a normal kid." They can feel so alone.These are precisely the kinds of issues and challenges our summer Diabetes Camps for children tackle — head on.Please donate now to Stop Diabetes …for our kids and for our future!Our specially designed Diabetes Camps are run by trained staff and medical professionals. They're dedicated to giving kids with diabetes a FUN and SAFE summer camp experience. Plus … Mom and Dad don't have to worry. Parents can feel safe knowing their child is being cared for by experienced diabetes health care professionals.Surrounded by other children with diabetes, campers quickly learn that they are not alone. They have fun. Hang out. Make friends. Go on adventures. And most importantly — they get a chance to just be kids.Going to camp is a dream come true for many of our campers.Our goal is to make a fun, safe camp experience available to all kids with diabetes. A camp where they are surrounded by knowledgeable people who truly understand.We also believe that kids should be able to attend, regardless of their family's ability to pay. That's why every camper's fee is subsidized by at least 50%. And why last year alone we awarded more than $362,000 in "camperships."

Diabetes Camp is truly an empowering experience!

So for our kids and for our future … please donate now. »
Friend, life-changing Diabetes Camps are just one of the many ways your generous support helps us provide important services to children and adults with diabetes that help them live life to the fullest.
Please make a life-changing donation today. »
Your gifts help us make life better for millions of people with diabetesby funding education programs, advocacy, prevention and research.
Believe me, your support truly does change lives!Thank you again for investing in our life-saving work — for our kids and for our future. Together we will STOP DIABETES.With heartfelt thanks,Larry HausnerChief Executive OfficerAmerican Diabetes AssociationP.S. Your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Thank you for your continued support. Please visit diabetes.org to see your gifts at work.

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