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Causes: Health, Public & Societal Benefit, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: We connect, engage, and empower people touched by diabetes.

Results: We believe no one touched by diabetes should ever feel alone, because together we become stronger and have the power to generate positive change in ourselves and our community. We provide platforms where people with diabetes and their loved ones can connect and have an open dialog about their experiences with this chronic condition. Instead of looking at the disease, Diabetes Hands Foundation seeks to understand, connect and energize the millions of people living with this condition.

Target demographics: People touched by diabetes: those WITH diabetes as well as their loved ones, in the US and all over the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Every year, more than 2 million people receive support and information about life with diabetes through our work.

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: TuDiabetes.org (in English), EsTuDiabetes.org (in Spanish); Big Blue Test; Diabetes Advocates

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10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Mike52

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Rating: 5

I've worked with the Diabetes Hands Foundation since 2009. I've participated in their excellent Big Blue Test Event, participated in the TuAnalyze project and participted in 5681 discussions at TuDiabetes.org (acidrock23....). Diabetes is a unique disease in that people with diabetes are obligated to beceme their own doctors in order to treat the disease successfully. I have explored online research, both through diabetes and through fantasy baseball and I am certain that a message board, offering conversation as well as checks and balances, is the best way to find answers quickly. Diabetes Hands foundation is clearly an organization committed to being more than a message board by finding innovative and participatory methods to harness the vast amount of data accumulated by people with diabetes in informative events members are able to participate in. Please consider them strongly for your recognition. S

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emily210 Hey acidrock23! This is Emily Coles, the TuDiabetes Head of Communities (formerly called the Program Manager). Thanks so much for this very thorough and thoughtful review, AND for all your great participation in the community!

Dna H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Leaders and very active advocates for diabetes awareness. We participate in the Big Blue Test every year and I am inspired DAILY by what I read and learn at DHF. The strength of the diabetes community brought together by DHF is nothing short of AMAZING! Thank you for ALL that you do - I am honored to be a part of this community. Every day I read something innovative, interesting and important that I share on my personal social media connections - DHF is a vital resource!

2 Rob_6

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Rating: 5

Always at the forefront, always relevant, always timely and always effective. Whether advocating for change, raising awareness either of or for the diabetes community or striving for greater education and innovation in the treatment of diabetes, The Diabetes Hands Foundation has been a tour de force. I have had the good fortune to work with them over the past few years and I'm continually amazed at their tireless devotion to raise funds, develop lasting partnerships and make a real difference in the lives of those they truly serve.

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emily210 09/27/2012

Thanks so much for this truly beautiful review, Rob! I am Head of Communities with DHF, and so appreciate you taking time to let folks know you think we're achieving our mission to connect people with diabetes and make our community ever stronger. Thank you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Like others, I came across the Tu Diabetes website by accident about a year ago and what a blessing it has been! As I mentioned above in the "What did you do?" section, I am an EMT and it has proved to be a wonderful resource to teach me more about diabetes and those who suffer from the disease. On a more personal level, my wife is a Type II diabetic (she was diagnosed in 1975) and it teaches me was that I can help her, recipes that I can cook that won't raise her blood sugar, and much, much more! It is truly a god-send for anyone who suffers from diabetes or who has a loved one that has the condition!

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Rating: 5

The Diabetes Hands Foundation connects over 150,000 people who have diabetes, allowing them to share their experiences and concerns and benefit from enormous support. As much information as there is all over the web about diabetes, there are still few communities that people feel the kind of connection they do from tudiabetes. Founded by Manny Hernandez, who lives with diabetes, tudiabetes is an organization and a service with an indelible heart-held mission: to improve the lives of those with diabetes through the support and connection of social media

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions worldwide, and people are searching for answers about the disease where they have the most access--not in a doctor's office, but online. While there are many places on the Web ready to answer their questions, there are few that are as helpful and reputable as TuDiabetes. Along with beneficial information, there is also a very warm, caring feeling that emanates from the others members that is truly comforting. It is obvious that there are others there that feel the same concern, pain, worry--even joy in victories both large and small. With the diabetic population rising everyday, it is good to know that there is a community such as TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes that people can turn to with confidence.

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Rating: 5

I am terrifically impressed with the Diabetes Hands Foundation and their work to support people touched by diabetes around the US and the world. This non-profit has developed an online social networking community that nurtures ties among people affected by diabetes, perhaps our single most important public health concern. Their efforts have provided opportunity for members of the community to connect with each other in a safe environment, protected from commercial interests, to generate vital social support and shared health information to help many thousands of people address the daily requirements of managing their illness. The Foundation has also taken important steps to align their community with emerging health information technologies and research organizations seeking to improve knowledge, discovery, prevention and treatment--moving beyond an insular approach and working at a top level to support its membership. For example, they have provided opportunities for top tier health organizations such as Children's Hospital Boston, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Joslin Diabetes Center to engage with their membership and the community in a fashion that protects the integrity of the community but seeks to improve prevention practice and disease self management. They have also instituted important quality controls, welcoming new members, vetting participation to protect against unauthorized lurking, and working diligently to keep the community focused on helping itself through non-judgmental dialogue, and protecting members' private data by not selling it. These policy practices distinguish this site. In social media, it is difficult to balance competing needs of protecting the voice of members and the validity of health information, and this site has worked very hard and successfully to do this, instituting new practices with considerable opportunity for community dialogue and input. They are a great model to other nonprofits. They have also worked to influence the technology platform on which they run to insure that it remains available at low cost to other nonprofits, so that the larger non profit community can benefit from their advocacy. In this regard, their leadership works regularly with other diabetes social media groups to support their efforts--exerting a multiplier effect on the larger society. Very laudable efforts at every level.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The founders of DHF have a genuine passion for people with diabetes -- and in finding ways to bring them together. DHF's community outreach and services have touched the lives of tens of thousands of people with diabetes. An organization's mission statement means nothing if the people behind the mission lack focus, drive, compassion, and integrity. DHF folks have all these leadership qualities. I cannot praise the founders and board of DHF highly enough.

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AskManny 06/16/2010

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about DHF with the GreatNonprofits community, LAWolfe!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Diabetes Hands Foundation is a thought leader in using social media for social good. They care deeply for their mission, and they've proven they can put the resources, skills and talent together to do great things. They are playing a crucial role, blazing a trail that other non-profits working in other areas can follow.

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AskManny 06/04/2010

Thanks for your insightful ideas on ways to make our work better, Michael!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Diabetes Hands Foundation has done a superb job, in a relatively short amount of time, of providing much-needed information, outreach, inspiration and community to thousands of people with diabetes around the world. They have engaged so many people in the online world and have provided a wonderful service, partnership and above all concern for those dealing with this devastating disease.

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AskManny 06/02/2010

Thanks for your support and for all you guys do too, Lori!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Diabetes Hands Foundation is masterful at engaging people with diabetes to educate and spread awareness. Through TuDiabetes.com, they have built a cohesive and inspirational social network for people with diabetes. It is truly first in its class.

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AskManny 06/02/2010

Thanks for your kind words, David! It is an honor to work alongside you raising diabetes awareness!