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Diabetes Foundation Of Mississippi, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   36 reviews 1,316

Nonprofit Issues:

Health

Address:

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.

Target demographics:

every child, every adult and every family touched by diabetes!

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We visited over 100 children, newly diagnosed in the UMMC Batson Hospital and brought them our We Care pack, we assisted over 390 patients with emergency medicine, trained 300 school nurses and much more!

Geographic areas served:

throughout the state of Mississippi

Programs:

Research, Education, Advocacy, Children's Programs, Helping Hands (REACH) We operate Camp Kandu, a camp for children and their families, to become more educated about managing diabetes while the children ages 3-12 make new friends and learn about diabetes; We help the uninsured with lifesaving diabetes medicines; we conduct CME programs for physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other health professionals; we hold a Super Conference for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and bring in nationally renowned speakers to provide the latest in diabetes management and much, much more!

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601-957-7878
www.msdiabetes.org

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1 person found this review helpful

The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi does an excellent job helping those with diabetes in our state. Wonderful job!

 
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I am a member of the Mississippi Corvette Club and last year we were looking for an organization to partner with to help raise money for a great cause. We were looking at several and I googled the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, Inc and was impressed with their website and when I realized I knew several of the board members I grabbed my phone and called Dr. Laura McCalop and asked her if she thought they would be interested in our annual event. She made some calls and put me in touch with Mary Fortune and the rest is History! The best thing ever! We truly enjoyed working together to raise the funds to help this organization! Many children will be blessed! Thank you Dr. McCalop!

 
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My daughter was diagnosed at age 3 in 2008. Diabetes Foundation contacted us to offer support at the hospital.
At a very scary time for us they were a beacon of light on so many unknowns to us. They shared information introduced us to other families & provided programs to help us in our journey with type 1 diabetes.
What an incredible organization who continues such valuable support in our community.

 
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I have a child that has Type 1 diabetes. My first interaction was at the hospital. I was shown such compassion and interest in how my daughter was doing. I was invited and encouraged to attend Camp Kandu, the diabetes camp they sponsor. The camp was a perfect place to meet other parents of children with diabetes. It was also a great opportunity to get more education on diabetes management from the top medical professionals in the field. The Diabetes Foundation has been a godsend to me for support and continued education on the latest advances in diabetes management. Every dollar that is raised in Mississippi stays in Mississippi to help those affected by this disease. I am so grateful to have this wonderful nonprofit available, and for all the many programs they offer.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Since 2008 I've been blessed to be able to assist the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi in their mission to serve persons with diabetes of all types, plus their loved ones. Their focus has (and always will be) the people of Mississippi. Mary Fortune and her wonderful team are passionate advocates for children and adults struggling to dominate diabetes. And with the DFM, all dollars raised in Mississippi STAY in Mississippi. This is in contrast to other diabetes advocacy groups which send needed dollars away from the area where they are raised. I give the DFM the highest rating for their fidelity to mission and commitment to serve all persons in the great state of Mississippi. It's an honor to be associated with a group of inspiring people.

 
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The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi have been awesome and so helpful and most of all caring. They have helped in so many ways. The lasted being getting Medicad to start paying for CGM monitors. They have made me cry tears of joy several times. They go above and beyond any organization I have ever seen. I hope to get to meet face to face with them so I can personally thank them. I see all they do and it amazes me how much work they put into everything they do. I am not the best with words but I truly love this great group of people.

 
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The MS Corvette Club does an annual Corvette Show to raise money for charity. This past year we were looking to make a change in the charity we support. After one meeting with the Director and Staff of the Diabetes Foundation of MS we knew we had found our calling. Our group was very impressed with their work with children diagnosed with diabetes at the Blair E. Batson Hospital by providing them with a back pack with the necessary supplies and information on the disease. We set our goal to raise enough money to support at least 100 children who might not get help without the generosity of the DFM. Working with this organization has been a wonderful adventure and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.

 
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So thankful for Darcy, Dex, Mary Fortune and The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi! Mrs. Mary's compassion for people drives her to help people living with diabetes in such tangible ways. My family is so touched. I am healthier. My babies have a healthier momma. My husband is a little less paranoid about seizures watching me from the Share App at work. We don't have words to express the gratitude! We just wish we could all give her a big hug.

 
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I cannot put into words how wonderful the DFM has been for our family. The support and education they offer is invaluable and the friendships that we've developed are so important to us. I know that anytime we need anything all I need to do is let them know. We look forward to our time with other DFM families and are so blessed to be able to reach out to new families and welcome them into this crazy life with diabetes while offering the same support and guidance that is so appreciated by us. I couldn't have asked for a better support system than the DFM.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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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I have been a board member of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi for 20+ years. I have worked with the staff and other volunteers closely on various projects through those years.

This organization does amazing work for many Mississippians with somewhat limited resources. It is able to accomplish this primarily through the dedication and hard work of its staff and volunteers and a supportive board of directors.

You can see a list of the DFM's accomplishments in the other comments on this site or on the DFM website. What is not readily apparent is the work in the trenches, so to speak, for individuals on a daily basis, those people who need help and really haven't been able to get it anywhere else.

Then, there is a constant sense of advocacy from the staff for diabetic community in general, manifested in many ways. In my lobbying work, we have been able to affect some changes that positively affect in a permanent way the lives of those with diabetes. These include diabetic 504 plan guidelines, a sales tax exemption for DFM, meaning more money for services, and insuring Medicaid coverage for continuous glucose monitors.

In a nutshell, this organization is all about serving Mississippians with diabetes.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Outstanding organization with dedicated and caring staff. They have contributed so much to the people of Mississippi. I am honored to have been affiliated with the Foundation for 16 years.

 
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I have been a Board Member of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi for over 12 years. The board members of this nonprofit organization represent some of the top leaders in their fields in our state and strongly support the Foundation as do I. The staff of the Foundation go above and beyond what is expected to ensure that Mississippians with diabetes have access to education, medical attention, and in many cases, medical supplies. Never have I seen such dedication to the goals if an organization. In addition, administrative cost is kept extremely low to ensure that funds raised are available to help diabetic citizens. I have served on other nonprofit Boards but this Foundation is superb in my estimation in comparison.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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