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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: Believing that people with diabetes should be the best prepared and motivated to take charge of their health, TCOYD offers a unique and very personal way to understand diabetes and to educate patients to become the most active members of their health care teams. Through conferences and health fairs held in cities across the nation, TCOYD annually brings thousands of people with diabetes, those at risk and their loved ones into contact with national and local medical professionals and others with expertise related to living with the disease for a day of highly informative and motivational programs. TCOYD participants can hear lectures, participate in screenings, and speak one-on-one with diabetes specialists including physicians, exercise specialists, dietitians, diabetes educators, podiatrists, pharmacists and ophthalmologists. Throughout the sessions, participants receive unbiased information on the latest findings of clinical research, the emergence of new equipment and medications, proper diet and exercise, legal and insurance issues, and the resources that are available to people with diabetes and their families. At the midday break, a seated banquet luncheon features an entertaining and inspirational speaker, who shares something from his or her own experience of living with diabetes. A health fair with 50+ informational exhibits from national and local diabetes-related companies and organizations is open throughout the day. TCOYD’s reach is unparalleled for encompassing an every-growing, diverse, actively engaged audience of people who care about living healthfully. We work with international communications firms; state and national government agencies; university health systems, private providers, institutions, and other health service organizations to nurture TCOYD’s message of health education and self-advocacy deep within communities across the country.

Target demographics: People living with diabetes or who are at risk for the disease

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: TCOYD Conferences and Health Fairs TCOYD Continuing Medical Education- Making the Connection The Extreme Diabetes Makeover Program Take the Next Step Campaign S.T.A.N.D. Campaign with Sanofi Aventis

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

The TCOYD conferences and health fairs have made a significant impact on my quality of life with diabetes. Their conferences are so motivating and the amount of resources they have to offer are unparalleled.

Review from Guidestar


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Simply the best! No words to describe how great it is to volunteer with this group of incredible people and see lives changes. Giving information, hope and inspiration to those with diabetes in a compassionate, genuine and multidimensional way that isn't matched anywhere else. I'm just so honored to be a part of the team!


Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a mess. On Insulin, had 2 major car wrecks. A silent Diabetic heart Attack. Dr Edelman saved my life and Turned me onto TCOYD, which put me on the right track to better health. It educated me more about Diabetes than anyone or anything in my life. Because of TCOYD I have added years to my life, made me more aware, in control. I Took Control thanks to TCOYD!

12 jb2009

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned more in one day about my diabetes than I had learned in all my years of living with it. TCOYD gave me what I need to stay in control of my diabetes.