THE FIGHT NEVER STOPS AGAINST TYPE 1 DIABETES
HELP US SUPPORT
THE PADRE FOUNDATION
WITH EVERY BATTLE
WHO IS PADRE?
A CHILD’S #1 SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR NAVIGATING TYPE 1 DIABETES (T1D)
The PADRE Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides children with the necessary resources and tools to manage their T1D. Pro-Craft Construction helps raise money to support PADRE and their mission to provide T1D educational courses for children and their parents.
The PADRE Foundation and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian have partnered together to start the REAL Care Initiative, which promises to:
- Reach unfunded families that can’t afford quality care
- Enable those that want to help themselves
- Amplify their ability to achieve success
- Empower a happy, healthy Lifestyle with Type 1 Diabetes
MEET 20 – YEAR OLD KAYLYN
THIS IS HER STORY WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES.
When Kaylyn received her Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) diagnosis on October 16, 2014, she and her family were thrust into a world of uncertainty. She was just 11 years old at the time, and the initial journey through T1D was incredibly challenging. A year later, Kaylyn started using a Dexcom glucose monitor to help manage her condition and began enduring the daily shots. In 2015, she transitioned to relying on an insulin pump, gradually adapting to the reality of living with T1D.
As time passed, Kaylyn found a remarkable source of support and resilience through the PADRE foundation. This organization provided her with a community of people who understood the struggles she faced and offered her the opportunity to extend a helping hand to others, particularly to children younger than six who were also navigating the complexities of T1D.
The year 2020 presented a formidable challenge when Kaylyn experienced her first episode of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). For Kaylyn and her family, managing T1D felt like an endless roller coaster ride, marked by stressful lows and terrifying highs. However, the most vital lesson they’ve learned throughout this journey is that a T1D diagnosis should never be seen as a personal failure. Instead, it’s a blessing in disguise, enabling Kaylyn to live her most vibrant and fulfilling life while supporting and inspiring others along the way.
Kaylyn’s connection with the PADRE foundation began eight years ago through a friend, and it has since become an integral part of her life. She actively participates in various programs, including the youth group and Camp Conrad’s summer camp, lends her support to PADRE’s annual Harvest Festival, and even takes to the runway in the foundation’s fashion show.
Thanks to the unwavering support of PADRE, Kaylyn has found a network of extraordinary individuals who share her journey. She now has access to the best resources and tools to effectively manage her T1D, and, most importantly, she has discovered the courage to persist in her battle against T1D. In Kaylyn’s story, we see the power of compassion, resilience, and community coming together to turn adversity into a force for good.
YOUR DONATIONS POSITIVELY IMPACT THE LIVES OF MANY CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH T1D
THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO HELP!
No matter the donation amount, you positively impact how a child manages Type 1 Diabetes. This is how you will change their life:
Your donation will touch dozens of families from underserved communities by funding critical healthcare awarded to those struggling to afford the insulin and technology their child needs to live a healthy life.
PADRE receives funds to expand and research how to make T1D more manageable and a potential cure for the condition.
Children from underserved communities receive scholarships that provide them with the resources to get psychosocial support at summer camps. What’s more, children under PADRE’s Foundation Scholarship Program are given financial support to attend college.
For six months, a child is granted diabetes technology and supplies, allowing them to better manage their blood sugar levels.
Donations can be completed online or checks mailed directly to:
1201 W. La Veta Ave
Orange, CA 92868
(Please mention Pro-Craft in your donation notes)
T1D Education classes for parents and guardians remain free so that caregivers can learn how to perform vital tasks for a T1D child.
School nurses are provided with comprehensive T1D training to act as another source of support who can be trusted to expertly take care of children in class.
Recently-diagnosed children and their families receive a backpack filled with a T1D starter kit and educational materials to teach them how to live with a chronic illness.
ANY AMOUNT OF YOUR CHOOSING
The ultimate goal of providing children with T1D is the experience of a lifetime at a summer camp that could not be made possible without your donations. Any amount of your choosing will still go towards making all of these incredible things happen.
A BETTER FUTURE IS POSSIBLE.
REAL CHANGE STARTS WITH YOU.
A CLOSER LOOK AT TYPE 1 DIABETES
CAN YOU HELP CHANGE THE STATISTICS?
On average, 40,000+ people are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes every year.
Type 1 Diabetes is caused by an autoimmune reaction where the body mistakenly attacks itself that results in destroying pancreas cells that produce insulin–a hormone that enables blood sugar to enter the body’s cells and become energy to be used by the body. Without insulin, blood sugar is unable to build up the bloodstream.
STRUGGLE OF DIABETES
There is currently no cure for T1D. Medical treatments cost about $237 billion on a national scale. Children with T1D endure regular blood sugar tests, shots, and adherence to strict dietary regulations, all while navigating feelings of stigmatization and isolation.
LOOKING TO FURTHER SUPPORT THE CAUSE?
HERE ARE MORE WAYS TO HELP CHILDREN WITH T1D WIN THE FIGHT!
JDRF leads the fight against Type 1 Diabetes by funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing support networks for millions of people around the world impacted by the condition.
Camp Conrad Chinnock offers recreational, social, and educational opportunities for youth and families with diabetes. For the whole summer, campers learn about diabetes self-management skills in a fun, interactive, and safe environment and make lifelong friends with other children.