Outreach is a key activity for JDRF, both nationally and locally. The JDRF Outreach team for Southeastern Wisconsin aspires to serve the individuals and families in our community who live with type 1 diabetes (T1D). We strive to provide personalized support, along with the information and tools to help people thrive with T1D through every phase of life. Our mission is to facilitate strong bonds and a support structure for every person living with diabetes. All outreach programs and activities are funded entirely through the generosity of our passionate and dedicated constituents and vendor partners, as well as grant awards. JDRF’s core funding, including money raised at the Walk, Ride, Gala and Golf events goes directly to JDRF’s research to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure T1D.
Outreach Past… 2012
This is the third year that we offered our core programs to the community, in addition to some new events! “What’s On Deck,” the signature kickoff event, was held in February with over 125 participants at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. It was a great time of networking for all families and adults that attended! The Mentor Program continued to provide families support. Mentors provided presentations at Children’s Hospital “Day Four” education sessions for newly diagnosed families. Four Transitions Series events were held on a variety of topics such as “Type 1 Talk -Lessons Learned”, “Controlling Diabetes: Body, Mind, and Spirit”, “Taking Diabetes to School”, and the “Holiday Survival Guide: Bowling Boluses and the Bounty of the Holidays”. Novo Nordisk sponsored Kendall Simmons, the retired NFL player diagnosed with T1D, to speak at the Annual Meeting. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and JDRF partnered on World Diabetes Day, November 14th to bring IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball to speak to over 150 attendees. Novo Nordisk also sponsored Charlie Kimball’s visit.
Other networking opportunities included the WAVE soccer game, which provided $3,000 to JDRF through the Wave of Hope to help support families and individuals living with diabetes, and the first adult T1D networking event organized at the Chapter – Type 1 Tailgate at Miller Park in September. If you missed these opportunities to have fun and meet other families, teens, and adults living with diabetes, no problem-there’s more to come in 2013!
Many exciting projects within the Outreach Committee are continuing this year – and some are new! Interest forms are posted on our website. The Chapter offers trained Family and Adult Mentors to answer your “everyday” questions. They are here for you on a rough day, when you have a question about school, work, or lifestyle management. Upon request, you will be matched up with someone who understands and lives what you are going through. The Family Mentors continue to be a part of the “Day Four” education at Children’s Hospital for newly diagnosed families.
“What’s On Deck” 2013, our “winter getaway” at the Country Springs Hotel and Water Park in Pewaukee, is to say thanks to everyone! The event will be held on Saturday, March 2nd. Everyone has ample time to network at the water park, as well as at the complementary buffet dinner in the evening. Information is given on the year’s upcoming Outreach and Educational events too. Please come join us for this fabulous Outreach Event!
The JDRF Transitions Series is a program designed to reach all people who live with diabetes in a personal, proactive way. The series involves programs with an educational aspect from respected medical professionals, as well as, conversations with those who have real-life experience from all levels of diabetes, including, but not limited to: diagnosis, bringing diabetes home, the teen years, college-bound, marriage and childbirth, taking diabetes to work, and caretaking. Panel discussions of professional and lay people will be at every session. We welcome new transitions topics – just let us know!
Look for these Transitions Sessions this year:
* Let’s Get Moving! – March 9
* What’s Cooking with T1D!” - May 22
* Taking Diabetes to School – “What you Need to Know” August 14 (Repeated by popular demand)
* Holiday Survival Guide – “How to Enjoy Yourself and Still Stay In Control” – October 26 (Repeated by popular demand)
The Adult Type 1 Pak – New in 2013!
We are excited to announce a new national collaboration with Bayer, Medtronic and Novo Nordisk for JDRF’s Adult Type 1 Pak. This messenger-style bag will be used as our new Outreach tool that functions as a resource for adults with T1D. It will include important adult focused life-stage resources. The pak is strictly intended for patients age 16 and above. They will be available after April 1, 2013.
Then it’s “Diabetes Awareness Month” in November with information on more special events!
* LaserTag Adventure Night! – November 3rd, Teens can enjoy the extra hour because daylight saving time begins!
* World Diabetes Day at Children’s Hospital – November 14, speaker TBD
The Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter is honored to bring these programs to you. For more information, please visit our website at www.jdrf.org/sewi. Take a look at us on Facebook, where you can keep connected with area families and adults living with type 1.
JDRF Outreach wants to be here for YOU. If you have questions or are looking for support for yourself or someone you know with T1D, please call the JDRF Office, or me, anytime. We want to help provide the resources you need to thrive with diabetes!
Thanks for being a part of Southeastern Wisconsin’s JDRF!
Jeff Bannink: VP of Outreach and Education, JDRF Board; Outreach Committee Chair
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