I made a list of the diabetes-related organizations I would support financially if I won the Mega Millions. I realize the list is missing many; who would you support?

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Comment by Gerri on March 30, 2012 at 11:42am

Hmmm, mega millions. I wouldn't give a cent to the ADA, CDA or to any large, well-funded institutionalized group. Dr. Faustman would get a humungous donation, as would Insulin for Life, an organization that distributes insulin & supplies to diabetics in need.

Comment by Jane K on March 30, 2012 at 3:01pm

Great ones, thanks for sharing!

Comment by Deirdre on March 30, 2012 at 5:09pm

I have various diabetes related groups that I would donate some money to. My priority would be to fund research to address mental health issues for people with diabetes. Mental health issues greatly affect ones diabetes and ones diabetes greatly affects ones mental health.

Comment by Jane K on March 30, 2012 at 7:30pm

So true.

Comment by Jerry on March 30, 2012 at 8:28pm

I have to be frank with you . . . I wouldn't give to any organization who "pretends" to be fighting for an ailment, sickness, or anything like that. The reason I say "pretends" is because they need to pay the salaries of the people in their organization before any of their money goes for what they are fighting for, and who knows where that money goes from there.
That includes the both of the diabetes foundations that are always asking for money. I have been T1 for 37 years and never benefitted from anything that they did.

Comment by Jane K on March 31, 2012 at 6:33am

Thanks for being frank, Jerry!

Comment by Jerry on March 31, 2012 at 7:46am

I do want to add something though . . . I would give DIRECTLY to some, including camps and things like that, but not to an organization that acts as the "middleman" between you and the cause.

Comment by Jane K on March 31, 2012 at 8:34am

Diabetes camps (well, camps for kids in general) ROCK!!

Comment by Jerry on March 31, 2012 at 9:08am

I am sure they do. They had nothing like that when I was diagnosed.

Comment by Jane K on March 31, 2012 at 9:42am

Clara Barton Camp (for girls with type 1) started in 1932 and Camp Joslin (for boys with type 1) started in 1948. There are a few others that have been around (close to) that long, but not many. Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) probably has the history on all the diabetes camps. At any rate, there are many now and they do wonders for kids with diabetes all over the world. You can still go and volunteer, just to experience diabetes camp for yourself :).


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