Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.88 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 200 South Park Road Ste 100 Hollywood FL 33021 USA

Mission: The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now.  Founded in 1971 by a small group of parents of children with diabetes who were committed to finding a cure for this devastating disease, the DRI Foundation has evolved into an international coalition of business leaders, celebrities, research scientists, clinicians, families and other concerned individuals who have helped change both the scope and direction of diabetes research. Supported by private philanthropy, the DRI Foundation is the organization of choice for those who are serious, passionate and committed to finding a cure for their loved ones and millions of others with diabetes. For more information, visit DiabetesResearch.org or call 1-800-321-3437.
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Rating: 5 stars  

When my daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes we wanted to find a cure . The people at DRI made us feel confident that would happen one day and I still have faith 25 years later . I have seen the progress over the years. I know the some of the scientist personally I know they are dedicated to finding a cure. I love seeing the mice and the microscopes and how the DRI has grown.
I love all the other good people I have meet who have the same goal as I do. Finding a cure for type one diabetes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I feel we are getting closer everyday

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change a thing

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

My first experience with the DRI/DRIF was when I met Lori W. through email. Not only did she seem to care about my family, she made continued efforts to see how I was handling all of the emotional changes I was going through. Our "online" friendship turned into one of the best experiences of my life! I felt like I was part of her extented family and that I could always turn to her when I needed to... I will always be greatful for that! I decided that this new "family" was who I wanted to be affiliated with and decided to make the DRI our charity with our fundraising efforts. Since touring the DRI this May, it sealed the deal with whom I would be giving my money from our walk until a cure is found. The visit was the first time I felt any hope since Zach was diagnosed and I am honored to be a part of this wonderful new family!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I toured the DRI this May and kept being thanked for helping!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make every employee sign a promise to keep it personal! (They already do it now but for future employees!)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting all the wonderful people working so hard for kids like my Zachary!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

still focus on keeping things very personal while finding a cure as quickly as possible!

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent a whole day watching the scientist/doctors do their stuff!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wouldn't know where I'd be without the DRI/DRIF...they have given me so much hope and inspiration to keep going!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

As a research volunteer I was involved in a few programs that assisted scientists studying the effects of diabetes know just how brittle a female who has had the disease since the age of 3 1/2 years old can be. I am 47 now and have helped by giving time and information to the researchers to improve products for those suffering with the disease. My family also was involved with raising money for this organization when I was growing up as well as starting an original chapter that began this foundation in North Miami Beach Florida. Later my Mom gave both time and money when she remarried and my Dad gave time and continues to try to help me live as productive and healthy a life as possible with the disease at this point. Please know for those who can do it with the disease it takes much effort on the part of parents and the medical community as well as the child who must learn to cope with all kinds of situations on their own. It takes so much that all we can ask for is help from the community to try to combat this disease and make it better for all.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Better technology and better care with better trained endocrinologists.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more help from the community in terms of money and hands on to make the lives of those with the disease easier. I would also love to see a cure but understand that it is being worked on it just cannot be fast enough for those living with it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Growing up helping a greater cause effort.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and motivating.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Possibly find a cure faster and definitely improve technologies to assist most living with the disease.

Ways to make it better...

There was a cure.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

People aging with the disease and a lack of understanding from the community to help those living with it or suffering from it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The disease is tough no matter how you slice it. It needs help and the people deserve the help who are coping with it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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