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Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Public Health, Specifically Named Diseases

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!

Community Stories

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Slade A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was eight years old, I was diagnosed with Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes, and I can speak for my mother and I when say that if it had not been for the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, Inc., we would have been lost in this very confusing and terrifying phase. Attending Camp Kandu twice a year, hanging out with kids that shared the same disease that I did, and my mother attending meetings with new information about the disease we were all battling made it easier to cope with. It filled us with hope and inspiration. I now volunteer as a camp counselor there, sharing personal testimonies from growing up with this disease, offering an interesting perspective as a person who has been through the things that these families are now being, unfortunately, introduced to. It’s a wholesome and fulfilling experience unlike any other. I will always and forever be grateful for this organization, for what they did for my family and for what they continue to do for others like mine.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The DFM has helped my family in many ways! They have helped us get our Type One Diabetic child a CGM, helped with educational information, sent supplies when we ran out, and helped pay for her to attend Diabetes Camp. We are grateful for this organization and encourage others to support them financially.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a top notch non profit. All of the people who work there are very compassionate about helping those they serve. They also are very careful and judicious with the monies entrusted to them to help educate people with Diabetes how live with Diabetes.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is a phenomenal group! Our little girl was diagnosed in November of 2018 and the team at DFM has been with us every step of the way. They have been right there from sending us an initial box of goodies/supplies, phone calls to check in on us, Camp Kandu, and the list goes on and on! We can’t say enough positive things about the way we have felt supported and loved through this great organization!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

East Columbus Lions have actively supported the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi (DFM) for more than 15 years. Why? Because every dollar donated reaches Mississippians who have diabetes. The annual DFM walk is a fun event to renew old friendships and make new friends. Nearly 1 in 5 Mississippians have Type 1, Type 2 or pre-diabetes, this disease must be controlled. Lions and the DFM are great advocates for education and help. I’m a Lion and also a proud financial contributor. I encourage others to make a generous gift to the DFM.

2 Rick B.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Rick Bosarge and I have lived with Diabetes for over 60 yers now. Several years ago my daughter called and informed me they had just diagnosed my first grandchild with diabetes. I was angry regarding this and soon after, grandchild Abigail approached me and said Paw Paw, I am going to be alright because I have you to help me.
Abigail and I with many members of our family signed up for the Coast Walk for Diabetes in Gulfport. During the walk we met other families dealing with diabetes and also met many working for the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. After this walk, Abigail and I were asked if we would serve as honorary chairpersons for next years walk. We both agreed.
Over the next years actively participated in events which included; lectures at local schools, educating school nurses, handing out backpacks and supplies, lectures to civic organizations, and attending and serving as a registered nurse at Camp KhanDo.
I grew up in a time when very little was known about diabetes. Working with these people and what they are sharing and bringing to these children and families is amazing. I was excited to know that I actually was participating to help make lives better.
It came time for our walk and that was an exciting day. Large turnout and from what I was told, a big success. Over the year I met numerous people, businesses, and organizations. Participated in several television interviews . Shortly after the walk, I was invited and voted to join the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Board of Directors. I was honored to say yes and currently sit on the board.
No one ever wants to be diagnosed with diabetes. It happens to someone everyday. The good news is we know how to care for them so much better and that person can do whatever they are willing to work to achieve. My years working with these people have been great. I know each of the ladies by name and whether they like hearing from me of not, I check in every couple of weeks just to see how they are doing. Mary, Irena, Hanna, Nicki, and my Ashley, please keep up the great work. Rick

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My girlfriend and her dad are both type 1 diabetics. This organization helped to provide them with information that has helped them tremendously! They told them about different pump brands they hadn’t heard of, offered nutritional advice, and were overall just pleasant, caring people!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 4 years ago. When he was diagnosed we were unsure of the support and resources available to him and us. Diabetes foundation of Mississippi was recommended to us by another type 1 parent and soo glad they were! Don’t know what we would do without DFM. They have camp Kandu which is amazing for the whole family! Our son can see he is not alone and the camp is soo much fun!! They offer resources, education, support and most of all love!! I feel like I have a second family at the diabetes foundation of Mississippi and we are soo thankful for them. They help, they are available , they are helpful! Love, love, love!!

2 Melissa H.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

The most dedicated and caring foundation there ever was. Since the day my daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the individuals who work or volunteer here have been the kindest, most helpful people I know!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity does such incredible work by helping so many people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes who are struggling or just in need of a little help. They are not only a source of encouragement for the diabetes community, they provide aide with diabetic supplies if someone is in desperate need, they provide education on diabetes, and they advocate constantly for people who might be discriminated against because of diabetes. They provide hope for a lot of people who, after receiving a diagnosis of type 1 or 2 diabetes, might be feeling hopeless. I am very impressed with the organization's work and the passion of the people who run it.

2 Ramona Bourgeois B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My grandson had need for supplies when there was a mix up with insurance. The Ms Diabetes foundation was quick to fill the need. They saved his life. They are the first to be at the hospital to help educate newly diagnosed T1D families. Can’t say enough good about them.

2 Cereceres Martin J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful place!! They helped my son go to Diabetes Camp and have always been there to answer any questions I may have had. The staff is very friendly, welcoming and helpful.

2 Marsha M.3

Advisor

Rating: 5

As others offer testaments to the attributes and life changing impacts the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi has had on the individuals affected with diabetes and their families, I’d like to focus on the individual who is the genesis of building this organization.

Mary Fortune has run this organization for over 35 years. When Mary joined, it was the American Diabetes Association. There was no budget, the Mississippi Charter loaned money to pay Mary’s salary, her desk consisted of a board over two chairs, and there were few volunteers.

Undaunted, Mary began soliciting corporate sponsorship, creating fund raising events, recruiting volunteers, hiring compassionate and dedicated employees, and building a business strategy to address and help Mississippians find support, educational information, and guidance to medical resources.

Her community outreach included sponsoring diabetes testing in schools, churches, and businesses. She organized seminars where leading doctors from across the country would speak with the local medical communities on the latest medical technologies and developments. For the children of Mississippi, she created an annual camp where kids could be kids.

It was at the pinnacle of her work, the American Diabetes Association decided to pull all the funds of the Mississippi Chapter had raised to finance her initiatives and consolidated it on a regional level. This action would eliminate the ability to fund the new programs under her initiative.

Through Mary’s leadership, the Mississippi Chapter challenged the national organization in federal court. The outcome was the Mississippi Chapter could divest itself from the national organization; the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi was born.

Under her continued leadership, Mary, her team, the volunteers, and corporate and individual sponsors have continued a program to help those affected with diabetes to enhance their health, find medical solutions, gain a better understanding of diabetes care through educational programs, and provide compassion, empathy, and care to those afflicted until a cure is found.

Mary Fortune, I acknowledge you for your dedication to those whose lives you have positively impacted across Mississippi, your legacy in creating hope, the support and care you have provided families, and your tenacity and leadership skills to built an organization of high values and principles. Mississippi is lucky to have you!

2 Cynthia41

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Board of Directors for over 15 years and continue to be amazed at what this organization does for Mississippians. Whenever you have the opportunity, please support this outstanding group. And remember this is the only Diabetes group in the state that provides direct assistance to Mississippians.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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2 Whitney L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such a great group of people doing amazing things to help not only type 1 peoplw, but kids and families as well. They have welcomed my family with open arms and we do not feel alone. They have sent numerous packages of supplies, information, "happys", support items for the diagnosed type 1 children, just an all around amazing group. I know this journey with my son, would never have been as "easy" without them. Not only do I not feel alone, but the support that they offer is unmatched! True life saving group!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes June 25, 2016. He was admitted to Blair Batson Hospital in Jackson on Saturday. Kaitlan visited us on Monday with lots of goodies for Nathan and encouraging words for us. Irena and the whole staff are wonderful and always are willing to help. We feel like family with them. So thankful for their support!

2 Allyson M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed 3 yrs ago this week at the age of 7. Without the DFM we would be lost! They have become family to us and are just a phone call away when we need something or momma just needs to talk! They are a blessing to our family and many many more in this state!

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3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed June 18,2015 at the age of 6. It's been a tough road and I don't know what I would do without the DFM!! They are the answer to many prayers and always there to help!!

4 DrJaime L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Diabetes foundation has been with us since our daughter's diagnosis. The staff is always there when you need help or just someone to vent to because dealing with schools was very overwhelming. The Sweet Subject education classes, annual walks, and diabetes camps are the best! We love the Diabetes Foundation of MS!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Diabetes Foundation of MS are such a blessing and have been such an awesome resource to us. They are always just a phone call away and always so friendly and eager to help rather it’s just with info for our school or us or needing supplies! My son was diagnosed 3 years ago with type 1 and I was oblivious to the condition he now had and scared to death. I will never forget a worker from the DFM came to see us with a bookbag for my son full of supplies, snacks, and toys and assured me everything would be ok. She even gave my her number and said to call her anytime I had a question. She has become my go to friend for diabetes! You will never find a more caring and compassionate staff than those at the DFM.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my daughter Alexis was diagnosed in August 2017 we was so shocked,so lost, and didn't know what to do... She didn't want anyone to know that this happened to her. She wouldn't check her bg I front of people much less give herself insulin... She wanted to hide. We went to camp in November and she made a lot of new friends. She saw her new friends checking their bg and giving insulin out in the open and Alexis was like look momma they aren't shy about it. She said she can do the same... and from then on out she didn't care who saw her do what.. She is always saying "this is my new life" " this is what keeps me alive... don't like what I'm doing don't look". Love her attitude now.. She has changed so much since she was first diagnosed. And I give thanks to camp and all the staff.