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DOGS FOR DIABETICS
August 7, 2010

I have been a volunteer with D4D since 2006. When I started, I had Type 2 diabetes, though I did not use insulin. My interest stems from 2 cousins who werer Type I, and eventually died from complications of the disease, suffering many of the severe long term effects of the disease. Since working with the great clients, families and other volunteers, I have been inspired by their desire to properly manage their disease and willingness to work with these great dogs, to help them deal with the risks of hypoglycemia. They do provide a great support mechanism, and the stories they tell of how they warned them of the onset of a low blood sugar is amazing. I really love the community of supporters that has been developed over the years.

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

I've personnally experienced the results of this organization in my own life. Working with this group has inspired me to take better care of my own Type 2 diabetes.

Ways to make it better...

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

Develop D4D support groups, with clients & dogs, family members and caregivers in all the communities where there is a need.

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

Great clients, staff, volunteers, activities and the dogs. Doing good and support each other.

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

Wonderful, real people, all ages and types of friendly people.

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

Support the expansion of the program across the United States.

Ways to make it better...

We had more clients and families to support. The program is limited in the number of people it can help due to the costs of developing and training the dogs and clients.

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

Funding,need for more volunteers in all areas of support and eventually a larger facility for training and events.

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

Diabetes is one of the major health issues in the United States. This group is helping diabetics live their daily lives in a safe and supported way.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I work with the business side of the organization, but also clean and help in any tasks. My wife volunteers two days a week, and my 10 year old grandaughter volunteers in the summer.

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