Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 800 Avery Blvd. Ste 100 Ridgeland MS 39157 USA

Mission: Our mission is simple- we save lives every day! The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi (DFM) is the state's premier nonprofit health organization working to prevent diabetes and associated complications as well as work to improve the lives of every child, adult, and every family touched by type 1 or type 2 diabetes. We accomplish this through education, support, advocacy, medical assistance and research.

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1 people found this review helpful

Our 18 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 4 and the DFM has been a part of our management team for over 14 years! They have provided early education through programs like Camp Kandu and been a confidant with school advocacy and education with the Sweet Subject School Education Program and other information. The DFM does not just have staff, it has caring and knowledgeable people who are friends and allies for diabetes. Whenever we need them, we know that all we have to make is one phone call. Our son recently received a grant from the DFM Doyle Warrington Memorial Diabetes Alert Dog Fund. Purchase of his diabetic alert dog would not have been possible without DFM! An overall fantastic non-profit organization.

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My name is Kristi Pennington Shanks, and I am 29 years old. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 12. Soon after my diagnosis, I became connected with the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. DFM has helped educate and counsel my family and I through many situations associated with this disease. Not only was the staff available in times of need, but they treated me like I was a part of their team. They have always had a genuine care for all of their members. For the past 17 years, the DFM has been by my side through several major events in my life such as: college, marriage, pregnancy, kidney failure, and most recently kidney/pancreas transplant. It's so nice to have skilled professionals at the DFM that I consider "family" to provide advice, support, and direction. The DFM has been with me every step of my walk throughout life with diabetes (which hasn't always been easy) from my childhood to now my motherhood. I am very thankful for them for caring, loving, and providing comfort to my family and I throughout my ups-and-downs of life with diabetes.

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My name is Susan Ford, and I can say without reservation, that The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is the greatest charitable organization I've ever had the pleasure of working with. When my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4, they were there to answer every question and concern I had. Not only were they there for us right after my son's diagnosis, but they continued to be a wonderful support system over the years. I always felt that I could pick with the phone and call them with any questions. Even after we moved out of state, we stayed in touch, as I felt like they had become part of the family. Every single person in the office is knowledgeable, kind and helpful. I just wish they would relocate to Virginia!

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The DFM is one of the most caring organization I have encountered. Its' team of highly skilled professionals goes above and beyond to help people and their families with diabetes. Their compassion, understanding and passion for service is extraordinary. The programs and services offered are tailor made for the various needs throughout the different parts of the state. Highly networked within the medical community, they have a referral network that is unsurpassed. Mississippi is lucky to have such a unique organization to serve its' citizens.

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Hi, my name is Kaitlan Sudduth. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 9 and will turn 21 this month. Dealing with this disease in general is tough enough, but having a support system and people who actually know what it means to have Type 1 makes the journey a little more bearable. The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi has given me both and continues to be a special part of my life. One of the best things about this organization is that the staff genuinely cares about the people it helps. DFM is special in that it also cares about people being educated about diabetes, and much of the Foundation's efforts goes toward this. This emphasis on education is important because it is what helps those with diabetes and their families to know how to battle this disease in daily life. Another thing DFM gives is the opportunity to make connections with others who have diabetes, and this is especially helpful to the newly diagnosed. A certain peace of mind comes about when one can relate to another about something as physically and emotionally trying as diabetes. Although I could never fully express my thankfulness to the Diabetes Foundation of MS, I do extend my thanks. Thank you for giving me and so many others hope in knowing no one is alone in this journey.

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My son was diagnosed Type 1 two years ago. The diagnosis was initially so overwhelming, I could barely breathe. I was fortunate to be referred to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. They provided education, support and a shoulder to cry on. In addition, I was given info on the camp they do, Camp Kandu. The camp was incredible. My son felt "normal" there for the first time since diagnosis. The Camp includes activities and education for the entire family. I cannot say enough about what a great job this group does.

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Words cannot begin to express what all the DFM has done not only for my family, but for others all over the state of MS. When my daughter was diagnosed 13 months ago, they immediately stepped in to help us and have been like family ever since. They truly care about everyone and there is nothing they will not do to help out. My daughters school had never had a diabetic child until her and the DFM came out and trained them on how to care for her. Twice a year they have Camp Kandu which is a phenomenal event that we look forward to each year! I have worked with many organizations, but none top the work and care that Mary and Irena do with the DFM and we are forever grateful for them!

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Words cannot fully express how much this organization has meant to us since my daughter's Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis in 2010 at the age 4. They have helped us train day care staff with their Sweet Subjects Program, provided us with the information we needed to care for my DD through the Diabetes Super Conference and Camp Kandu, they helped make sure we had test strips while fighting with insurance for coverage, and have given my DD a chance meet other kids and watch them live life to the fullest. I cannot imagine having to go through this journey without them!

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We were overwhelmed when our then four year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes several years ago, but the Diabetes Foundation of MS came to our rescue. They helped provide test strips when we had to pay out of pocket while we got insurance to approve additional strips and have trained multiple day cares and summer programs so that they could properly care for our daughter. In addition, we love Camp Kandu and the Diabetes Super Conference which gives my daughter a chance to meet other kids like her and us a chance to benefit from the experience of other parents and other experts. I am not sure I would have the confidence I have in dealing with my daughter's condition if it wasn't for the programs and help provided by the DFM.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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My daughter Reagan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at three years old. It was a tumultuous time for our family, to say the least. I was put in touch with the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, & almost from the moment we brought Reagan home from the hospital they have been an invaluable resource. The DFM mailed Reagan a backpack full of diabetic supplies, information for parents, & a neat cookbook that's come in handy. When we were ready to switch from daily injections to an insulin pump, the DFM mailed me information on various pump options, & they opened their facilities to us when we met with the pump trainer. The past eight months have been an incredible period of adjustment for our family, & the support we've received from the DFM has been amazing.

Anna Zeigler

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The family at DFM are an amazing group. From my daughters T1 diagnoses 19 months ago, they immediately became part of our lives in the best way. I've seen the amazing work that they do first hand, Camp Kandu, Sweet Subject, personal education and assistance that has not only shaped the way we handle diabetes in our family but how we care for our daughter. DFM isn't just another organization raising money to fight diabetes, they are giving families the keys to beat diabetes, one day at a time. They are there anytime you have a question or a need, no matter how large or small. I really cannot stress enough how amazing this group is. We love our DFM family!

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