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


This is her story with Type 1 Diabetes.

When Kaylyn was diagnosed with T1D on October 16, 2014, she and her family thought it was the end of the world. She was only 11 years old.

In the beginning, navigating T1D was difficult. After a year from her diagnosis, Kaylyn used a dexcom glucose monitor to help her sleep; she also began receiving shots. Come 2015, she moved to relying on a pump and adjusted to living with T1D as her new normal. As time went on, PADRE gave Kaylyn a support system of people to rely on, as well as the opportunity to help others in her position, such as children younger than six years old. 2020, however, was a particularly hard year: Kaylyn experienced her first Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA).

To Kaylyn and her family, navigating T1D became a constant roller coaster of stressful lows and terrifying highs, but the most important lesson they all have learned is that anyone diagnosed with T1D should never feel that the diagnosis is their fault. T1D was a blessing in disguise that allowed Kaylyn to live her best and most fulfilling life, all while helping others along the way.

Kaylyn was introduced to PADRE three years ago by a friend and has been actively involved with the foundation ever since, attending youth group and Camp Conrad’s youth summer camp, volunteering for PADRE’s annual Harvest Festival, and walking the runway in the foundation’s fashion show. Thanks to PADRE, Kaylyn gained a support system of incredible people and access to the best resources and tools to help manage her T1D and found the courage to keep pushing forward and fighting the T1D battle.

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.


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. 

Donations can be completed online or checks mailed directly to:

PADRE Foundation
1201 W. La Veta Ave
Orange, CA 92868

(Please mention Pro-Craft in your donation notes)

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.


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

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.