I am a member of the Mississippi Corvette Club and last year we were looking for an organization to partner with to help raise money for a great cause. We were looking at several and I googled the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, Inc and was impressed with their website and when I realized I knew several of the board members I grabbed my phone and called Dr. Laura McCalop and asked her if she thought they would be interested in our annual event. She made some calls and put me in touch with Mary Fortune and the rest is History! The best thing ever! We truly enjoyed working together to raise the funds to help this organization! Many children will be blessed! Thank you Dr. McCalop!
The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi have been awesome and so helpful and most of all caring. They have helped in so many ways. The lasted being getting Medicad to start paying for CGM monitors. They have made me cry tears of joy several times. They go above and beyond any organization I have ever seen. I hope to get to meet face to face with them so I can personally thank them. I see all they do and it amazes me how much work they put into everything they do. I am not the best with words but I truly love this great group of people.
The MS Corvette Club does an annual Corvette Show to raise money for charity. This past year we were looking to make a change in the charity we support. After one meeting with the Director and Staff of the Diabetes Foundation of MS we knew we had found our calling. Our group was very impressed with their work with children diagnosed with diabetes at the Blair E. Batson Hospital by providing them with a back pack with the necessary supplies and information on the disease. We set our goal to raise enough money to support at least 100 children who might not get help without the generosity of the DFM. Working with this organization has been a wonderful adventure and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.
I have been a board member of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi for 20+ years. I have worked with the staff and other volunteers closely on various projects through those years.
This organization does amazing work for many Mississippians with somewhat limited resources. It is able to accomplish this primarily through the dedication and hard work of its staff and volunteers and a supportive board of directors.
You can see a list of the DFM's accomplishments in the other comments on this site or on the DFM website. What is not readily apparent is the work in the trenches, so to speak, for individuals on a daily basis, those people who need help and really haven't been able to get it anywhere else.
Then, there is a constant sense of advocacy from the staff for diabetic community in general, manifested in many ways. In my lobbying work, we have been able to affect some changes that positively affect in a permanent way the lives of those with diabetes. These include diabetic 504 plan guidelines, a sales tax exemption for DFM, meaning more money for services, and insuring Medicaid coverage for continuous glucose monitors.
In a nutshell, this organization is all about serving Mississippians with diabetes.
Wonderful foundation that makes a big difference!!
I'm a diabetes doctor serving mostly poor children in Mississippi. Countless times, DFM has stepped in for my vulnerable patients to meet their needs for medication, supportive services, and community and personal education. I couldn't do my job without them! My patients and their families sing their praises!
I have learned from volunteering at the DFM that if each of us were to do SOMETHING, we could make a monumental difference, one by one, step by step, heart by heart. My work as a volunteer at the Diabetes Foundation has been encouraging, to say the least. There is great satisfaction being a part of something larger than myself, knowing that in some small way I have contributed to helping to educate and provide resources to those that are struggling to live with diabetes successfully. Access to and distribution of printed materials has allowed me to share encouragement with others who are facing such a difficult, life altering diagnosis. When I started volunteering my thought was simply to go and help out with some "office work". Never could I have imagined that I would personally gain so much! From day one I was meeting people whom I knew were expressing a genuine interest and concern with others well-being. Both physically and emotionally. I know what that feeling is all about! A good friend, who works for the organization, suggested that I consider doing some volunteer work that would use the abilities I already had and at that time they were incredibly short handed. The seed she planted gave me the desire to reach out and discover there was something I could do that might make a difference somehow... and in a very enjoyable work environment! The new personal relationships with employees and other volunteer workers has been an unexpected blessing! It has allowed me to also use my abilities to educate and aid folks in the diabetic community, whether they be caregivers or patients. I was born with Juvenile Diabetes (type I), as well as, a heart condition and had recently found myself somewhat mobility challenged due to the long term effects of the diseases. I couldn't drive or work a regular 9 to 5 and was feeling confined and depressed. By teaching me to reach out effectively to others they have helped me to enrich and better my own life! The staff at DFM are some of the most caring and generous people that I have ever met! I hope to continue to volunteer with the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi as long as I am able... and encourage others to volunteer with this most worthy organization!
My name is Kristi Pennington Shanks, and I am 29 years old. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 12. Soon after my diagnosis, I became connected with the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. DFM has helped educate and counsel my family and I through many situations associated with this disease. Not only was the staff available in times of need, but they treated me like I was a part of their team. They have always had a genuine care for all of their members. For the past 17 years, the DFM has been by my side through several major events in my life such as: college, marriage, pregnancy, kidney failure, and most recently kidney/pancreas transplant. It's so nice to have skilled professionals at the DFM that I consider "family" to provide advice, support, and direction. The DFM has been with me every step of my walk throughout life with diabetes (which hasn't always been easy) from my childhood to now my motherhood. I am very thankful for them for caring, loving, and providing comfort to my family and I throughout my ups-and-downs of life with diabetes.
DFM always does everything first class. Mississippians are fortunate to have such knowledgeable staff at DFM. Their conferences, workshops, and fundraisers are second to none. The lives they touch daily are blessed by their caring spirit. To know that the funds raised by their tireless efforts stay in MS is truly what sets them apart from others.
I've been a volunteer with DFM for several years. Diagnosed with Type I in 1960, I've witnessed many benefits provided by DFM to individuals with diabetes and their families also. DFM provides educational information to families after being diagnosed, many times while still in hospital. Each year DFM provides a camp for children with diabetes which is staffed by drs and nurses so the parents know their child is being cared for. Annually, DFM hosts a "Super Conference" with experts from all over the USA making presentations to everyone interested in learning how to improve diabetes management. Vendors are on hand to show new items and answer questions. Also, annually they provide one or more continuing education programs for diabetes health care professionals. Throughout the year, diabetes educations programs are conducted to schools, colleges, fire departments, law enforcement and civic groups. DFM assists the needy in securing insulin and testing supplies and has recently added the allert dogs to this list. DFM is made up primarly of volunteers which enables about 90% of funds raised to go directly toward benefiting people with diabetes in Mississippi. Thank you for allowing me to provide a review. Frank Cockerham