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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

"I Love The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, for over several years they have been a huge impact on my life from giving me insulin and other diabetes supply's in my time of need. Thanks everybody that have been apart of my life."

(C. was recently a walk-in client - diagnosed 14 years ago and was a Kandu Kid whom we have watched grow up.)

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is an incredible organization. We are very fortunate to have them in the state of Mississippi helping children and adults with diabetes. At the age of 37, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. My husband and I had no idea about diabetes and how this was going to change our lives.

I got involved with the MS Walk for Diabetes for the Gulf Coast and met their wonderful staff. I am amazed daily at what amazing things the staff of the Diabetes Foundation of MS provides for people. Whether it is having Camp Kandu or mailing out a care kit to those recently diagnosed. They are always helping.

The staff is very knowledgeable about diabetes, medicine, equipment, insulin and more. I have been recently having challenges with my medicine and insurance only wanting to cover a certain amount. The staff was able to provide me extra insulin until I was able to get my perscription filled. I could not have gone with out having my insulin. It was huge blessing and life saving to be able get additional insulin.

I am committed to continuing to support, volunteer and help in anyway that I can to repay the assistance and support they have given me. Thank you Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 10. She's now 25 and doing well, and the support and helpful information we've received through the years from DFM has been invaluable. We've participated in Kamp Kandu, Walk for Diabetes, and fund-raising efforts and highly commend Diabetes Foundation for their efforts to make life better for Mississippians with diabetes.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 6 year old son was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and shortly after we got released from the hospital we received a NICE backpack from the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. This bag was packed full of stuff from a blood glucose monitor, test stripes, a snack bag, lancets and glucose tablets to a stuffed animal and kid books about diabetes. It was awesome, and my son had the best time going through everything. It even had information on diabetes camp, fund raising marathons and different insulin pumps. They even got me in touch with some other parents of kids in my area who have type 1 diabetes too. Now,my son doesn't feel like he's the only kid in town with diabetes. :-)

2 Lawana C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

DFM was there for us from day one. Wanted to know if we needed anything, and to answer questions, no matter if it was late evening. They have the best organization around! They have been absolutely a Godsend to us! I would give more than 5 stars if I could!! Like one big family!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about the DFM. They have been there for us since day one of our son's T1D diagnosis. My son felt so special upon receiving his initial care package. We were also relieved because it felt great knowing there was another team of people to help us when/if we needed it. They helped us get connected with other parents and T1 kiddos in our area and in our state via social media groups. We absolutely love Camp Kandu!! From school nurse trainings, seminars, fundraising events, and community outreach programs , the DFM does a great job advocating for all of the Mississippian's with Diabetes.

2 Karen405

Client Served

Rating: 5

When you get diagnosed with a disease like diabetes it feels like the rug is pulled out from under you. When your a parent and your child is diagnosed it can be scarier bringing them home from the hospital than it was when they were infants. The wonderful people at this organization reach out in so many ways with information, check in calls, introducing you to other families and making sure you have every tool they can help you with to survive and thrive after your diagnosis.

Simply put they are amazing.

3 Monica83

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is such a blessing to me and my family. My precious little miracle has many diagnosis including type 1 diabetes mellitus. At the time of diagnosis, the DFM reached out to us and offered their support and lifelong friendship. They spoke with me and sent my baby girl a backpack full of educational tools to help us understand and manage her diabetes which also included an amazing teddy bear that not only gives comfort but is also designed to teach the kids how to give insulin and finger pokes. The support is amazing. If I have a question or a need, all I have to do is call or message. It's such a comfort. The greatest blessing to me is that we are struggling with issues with our supply company. My baby did not receive her supplies for almost 2 months. The test strips are costly. I was so worried about what I was going to do. I had only 7 strips left. We test 5-8 times a day. I called DFM and told them what was going on. They purchased strips for my baby and overnighted them to me. I cannot put into words how much of a blessing this was! Took such an extreme burden off me! The DFM is more than an organization. They are loving, caring people who go the extra mile to support and help families. I thank God for them!

2 Allyson M.

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!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had a close connection with the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi for quite a few years and have personally been deeply touched by the integrity and compassion of the staff and of their mission. I also personally know many individuals across the state of Mississippi whose lives have been positively impacted in specific ways.
The Diabetes Foundathin of Mississippi makes a personal connection with people they serve and I am so very grateful for the many tangible ways my needs have been met-

One of the singular most powerful thing ever done for me was an action by Mary Fortune via DFM. Knowing of a specific need my daughter had, at a time when insurance was not available to us, she reached out to us (being proactive and showing true compassion by not just words but action!!) and provided needed resources that have been life changing in terms of my daughter's management of T1. Her life is better, therefor my life is better because of the service of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. I will never be able to sufficiently express my gratitude!!!!
Im so very thankful!!!

4 BethB

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed at age 3 in 2008. Diabetes Foundation contacted us to offer support at the hospital.
At a very scary time for us they were a beacon of light on so many unknowns to us. They shared information introduced us to other families & provided programs to help us in our journey with type 1 diabetes.
What an incredible organization who continues such valuable support in our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have a child that has Type 1 diabetes. My first interaction was at the hospital. I was shown such compassion and interest in how my daughter was doing. I was invited and encouraged to attend Camp Kandu, the diabetes camp they sponsor. The camp was a perfect place to meet other parents of children with diabetes. It was also a great opportunity to get more education on diabetes management from the top medical professionals in the field. The Diabetes Foundation has been a godsend to me for support and continued education on the latest advances in diabetes management. Every dollar that is raised in Mississippi stays in Mississippi to help those affected by this disease. I am so grateful to have this wonderful nonprofit available, and for all the many programs they offer.

4 Abi A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So thankful for Darcy, Dex, Mary Fortune and The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi! Mrs. Mary's compassion for people drives her to help people living with diabetes in such tangible ways. My family is so touched. I am healthier. My babies have a healthier momma. My husband is a little less paranoid about seizures watching me from the Share App at work. We don't have words to express the gratitude! We just wish we could all give her a big hug.

4 Nicki N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot put into words how wonderful the DFM has been for our family. The support and education they offer is invaluable and the friendships that we've developed are so important to us. I know that anytime we need anything all I need to do is let them know. We look forward to our time with other DFM families and are so blessed to be able to reach out to new families and welcome them into this crazy life with diabetes while offering the same support and guidance that is so appreciated by us. I couldn't have asked for a better support system than the DFM.

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6

Client Served

Rating: 5

The family at DFM are an amazing group. From my daughters T1 diagnoses 19 months ago, they immediately became part of our lives in the best way. I've seen the amazing work that they do first hand, Camp Kandu, Sweet Subject, personal education and assistance that has not only shaped the way we handle diabetes in our family but how we care for our daughter. DFM isn't just another organization raising money to fight diabetes, they are giving families the keys to beat diabetes, one day at a time. They are there anytime you have a question or a need, no matter how large or small. I really cannot stress enough how amazing this group is. We love our DFM family!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The DFM is hands down the best organization! They help tons of families, including mine, when we need it the most. They go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure you are taken care of and have everything you need. We would not be where we are today without their help.

Kim Kuhn

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 18 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 4 and the DFM has been a part of our management team for over 14 years! They have provided early education through programs like Camp Kandu and been a confidant with school advocacy and education with the Sweet Subject School Education Program and other information. The DFM does not just have staff, it has caring and knowledgeable people who are friends and allies for diabetes. Whenever we need them, we know that all we have to make is one phone call. Our son recently received a grant from the DFM Doyle Warrington Memorial Diabetes Alert Dog Fund. Purchase of his diabetic alert dog would not have been possible without DFM! An overall fantastic non-profit organization.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Susan Ford, and I can say without reservation, that The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is the greatest charitable organization I've ever had the pleasure of working with. When my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4, they were there to answer every question and concern I had. Not only were they there for us right after my son's diagnosis, but they continued to be a wonderful support system over the years. I always felt that I could pick with the phone and call them with any questions. Even after we moved out of state, we stayed in touch, as I felt like they had become part of the family. Every single person in the office is knowledgeable, kind and helpful. I just wish they would relocate to Virginia!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, my name is Kaitlan Sudduth. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 9 and will turn 21 this month. Dealing with this disease in general is tough enough, but having a support system and people who actually know what it means to have Type 1 makes the journey a little more bearable. The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi has given me both and continues to be a special part of my life. One of the best things about this organization is that the staff genuinely cares about the people it helps. DFM is special in that it also cares about people being educated about diabetes, and much of the Foundation's efforts goes toward this. This emphasis on education is important because it is what helps those with diabetes and their families to know how to battle this disease in daily life. Another thing DFM gives is the opportunity to make connections with others who have diabetes, and this is especially helpful to the newly diagnosed. A certain peace of mind comes about when one can relate to another about something as physically and emotionally trying as diabetes. Although I could never fully express my thankfulness to the Diabetes Foundation of MS, I do extend my thanks. Thank you for giving me and so many others hope in knowing no one is alone in this journey.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed Type 1 two years ago. The diagnosis was initially so overwhelming, I could barely breathe. I was fortunate to be referred to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. They provided education, support and a shoulder to cry on. In addition, I was given info on the camp they do, Camp Kandu. The camp was incredible. My son felt "normal" there for the first time since diagnosis. The Camp includes activities and education for the entire family. I cannot say enough about what a great job this group does.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot begin to express what all the DFM has done not only for my family, but for others all over the state of MS. When my daughter was diagnosed 13 months ago, they immediately stepped in to help us and have been like family ever since. They truly care about everyone and there is nothing they will not do to help out. My daughters school had never had a diabetic child until her and the DFM came out and trained them on how to care for her. Twice a year they have Camp Kandu which is a phenomenal event that we look forward to each year! I have worked with many organizations, but none top the work and care that Mary and Irena do with the DFM and we are forever grateful for them!

5 Kristen17

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot fully express how much this organization has meant to us since my daughter's Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis in 2010 at the age 4. They have helped us train day care staff with their Sweet Subjects Program, provided us with the information we needed to care for my DD through the Diabetes Super Conference and Camp Kandu, they helped make sure we had test strips while fighting with insurance for coverage, and have given my DD a chance meet other kids and watch them live life to the fullest. I cannot imagine having to go through this journey without them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were overwhelmed when our then four year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes several years ago, but the Diabetes Foundation of MS came to our rescue. They helped provide test strips when we had to pay out of pocket while we got insurance to approve additional strips and have trained multiple day cares and summer programs so that they could properly care for our daughter. In addition, we love Camp Kandu and the Diabetes Super Conference which gives my daughter a chance to meet other kids like her and us a chance to benefit from the experience of other parents and other experts. I am not sure I would have the confidence I have in dealing with my daughter's condition if it wasn't for the programs and help provided by the DFM.