Mission: The foundation's mission is to raise funds to support the barbara davis center for childhood diabetes in denver where over 6,000 children and adults from around the world currently receive the finest care available.
Programs: Research and clinical care-the support of the children's diabetes foundation provides essential funding for research into the pathogenesis and prevention of type 1 diabetes by university of colorado faculty at the barbara davis center for childhood diabetes. The long-term support by the foundation has led to discoveries of a series of target auto-antigens allowing the prediction of type 1 diabetes and the discovery that insulin is the primary target of islet autoimmunity as well as collaborative trials that are now underway for the prevention of diabetes. Every patient at the center and their families receive intensive education on how to best manage their diabetes by a team of physicians, nurse educators, social workers and dieticians whose salaries are funded by children's diabetes foundation.
public education and community service: the foundation also provides education to the colorado community through schools, hospitals, emergency medical technicians and citizens by disbursing information on diabetes, its symptoms and the how to help a person experiencing high or low blood sugar reactions. Through funding given by the foundation, the barbara davis center provides care and diabetes supplies at no cost to over 30% of its patients who are uninsured or underinsured. Recreational activities are provided for afflicted children who have diabetes. The activities are designed to increase their ability to live nearly normal lives that are compatible with the constraints of being diabetic. The education manual "understanding diabetes" and its companion books (known as the pink panther books) are published by the foundation and sold worldwide. Additionally funds are used to educate the community about the seriousness of childhood diabetes, its symptoms and the progress being made toward finding a cure.