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  

1 person found this review helpful

I had the privilege of getting a private tour thru their facilities. It is amazing all the great things and hard work that go on in here every single day. I'm a "diabetes mom"....and hope for a cure so much. Not only for my child but for so many other patients as well. Finding a cure to diabetes will also, bring us closer to understanding better so many other chronic diseases, and hopefully, cure those as well. Once and for all!!!!!!!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Our daughter has been a diabetic since the age of 12. She has always been well controlled and rarely has any problems,yet she wanted to learn more about the disease and new inavations in monitoring and delivering her insulin.
She visited DRI and came home with a wealth of imformation and a new way to deliver her insulin without the daily injections. She tells me the staff has helped her tremdously and even tested her children for any sign that they may develope the disease.
These people are truely decicated to finding a cure and I certainly will support their cause in any way that I am able.

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

Seeing my daughter gain more contol over this disease

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

Find a way to let more people know about this organization. If my daughter had not moved to the area she may have never become involved in its programs.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

An institute dedicated towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Our children deserve to live their childhood.

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

Research for Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

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

Give them more money so they can find the cure more quickly!!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I support the DRIF because it is singularly focused. Its goal is to provide funding to cure diabetes now. Not tomorrow. Not ten years from now. Today. And when you talk to researchers at the DRI, each one of them seems to genuinely share that same sense of urgency. The scientists I've been fortunate enough to meet there are an inspried, dedicated group of professionals committed to finding a biological cure.

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

I've visited the DRI and talked with many of the researchers there. As mentioned previously, each seems genuinely committed to the organization's goal of finding a cure for diabetes now.

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

No changes recommended.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 8 years - at the same time that her Dad was losing his life to melanoma. I remember that my daughter asked me at the time of her diagnosis how long she would have to "keep getting shots". The look on my then 8 year old's face when I told her "for the rest of your life" was heartbreaking to the point tears welled up in my eyes. Then I added, "until the time we find a cure" and I promised her we would find that cure for her during MY lifetime. My husband's death left us without health insurance. I took a part time job with an airline to provide health insurance. (I had three small children to raise - one who had just been diagnosed with a chronic disease). My family also got involved with fundraising and research for the major diabetes organization, JDRF, who is also committed to a cure. But, almost 8 years later and no cure in sight, I am somewhat disappointed in the money being spent on "treatments' for diabetes versus a true "cure". One day, not so long ago, while I was taking calls in our airline's reservations center, a passenger, Lori Weintraub, called to book tickets. When she gave me her email address, the letters in her email server got to me - DRI. For whatever reason, I saw the word "diabetes" and asked her if she was involved in any way with the chronic disease. She was suprised and added that she indeed was affiliated with the Diabetes Research Institute. We talked for a while regarding various research projects on cures and asked me to email her. She emailed me back with so much information regarding the Diabetes Research Institute and what they were doing towards a cure. Treatments are not acceptable to them. Only cures. Lori put the hope back in our lives that because of dedicated researchers at places like the DRI, a cure will be found in MY lifetime! I have begun to be an active member in helping in this process by fundraising and raising awareness of this nonprofit. Thank you Lori and DRI

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

Seeing the research come front and center with results that are leading the process toward find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

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

absolutely nothing...this organization has one purpose and one purpose only - to find a permanent cure for Type 1 insulin dependent juvenile diabetes. This is my ultimate goal in life and promise to my daughter.

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

They absolutely believe in their ability to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. They are not concerned with various treatments for the disease (such as the artificial pancreas, the continuous glucose monitor, etc)...they are dedicated to finding that cure.

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

EXCEPTIONAL and totally dedicated to the organization...they believe and have the faith that the researchers of this organization will be the ones to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes

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

be a HUGE step closer in the research required to get a cure to the market.

Ways to make it better...

I had more money (financial resources) to give to the organization to continue their mission to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes

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

continuing the stream of income in these economic times to continue their research and efforts to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes

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

I know that a cure for Type 1 diabetes will be found in MY lifetime rather than the lifetime of my daughter!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Having visited DRI in Miami once, I was very impressed with the way the institute is set up with the goal of finding a cure as its core, resulting in the tearing of inter-departmental barriers to facilitate collaboration internally. Also, it was impressive to learn about the efforts to create a DRI Federation to facilitate collaboration with other research institutions all over the world. They are without a doubt the best hope there is for a cure for diabetes!

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

my visit to their facility. They are truly obsessed (in a good way) with finding a cure for diabetes.

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

their commitment to finding a cure for diabetes.

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

knowledgeable and committed to the cause!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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