Helping Hand Program
More than 40% of the Barbara Davis Center’s children are uninsured or underserved. However, no patient is turned away from the care they need or deserve at the Barbara Davis Center. The Helping Hand Program provide diabetes supplies, travel and accommodation costs, medical alert IDs, and much more to patients and families in need of assistance.
Diabetes is expensive. New Onset patients spend about $1,400 on education and appointment fees. Pump Therapy can create better control, but can cost up to $1,200 each month. Insulin for children can cost about $300 a month. Testing 6-8 times a day is normal and all those test strips add up to about $300 a month. The cost can be debilitating for many families, and going without insulin is not an option, but the Children’s Diabetes Foundation is here to help.
In the past 10 years, The Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation has provided over $1.2 million to this program. In 2017 alone, the Helping Hand Program provided assistance for over 1,000 families in need by…
- Purchasing diabetes supplies such as insulin, syringes, and test strips
- Supplying medical alert IDs
- Paying for emergency care such as life alert or a hospital stay
- Covering travel and accommodations expenses for appointments
- Offering meals and gifts during the holiday season
- Delivering supplemental funds as necessary
In addition to providing financial assistance to families, the program also provides funds for workshops at the Barbara Davis Center that offer education and emotional support for newly diagnosed patient families. New patients at the Barbara Davis Center are also provided with a “New Onset Bag” with information about type 1 diabetes and the Foundation’s support programs.
Proper supplies, education, and care allow a patient to properly manage diabetes, and by bettering care early on, risk for long term complications is much lower.
Thank you Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation for helping us reach for the brass ring – the cure!
The Children’s Diabetes Foundation’s was selected as a grant recipient for the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation’s Neighborhood Grants program. The Helping Hand program was awarded a $10,000 grant to help uninsured and underinsured patients at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes by providing diabetes testing supplies, grocery gift certificates, medical identification bracelets, and other basic necessities to families who are experiencing financial hardship.