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Organization: Canadian Diabetes Association - Sarnia & District
History: In 1920, Dr. Frederick Banting was working as a medical practitioner based in London, Ontario, when he first conceived the idea of extracting insulin from a pancreas to treat diabetes. After several months of experimentation, and with the assistance of Charles Best, insulin was eventually purified for human use. Provincial resourses were combined in 1953 to form the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Focus: The Diabetes Association has 4 areas against which they are "Taking a Stand": Diabetes Medication, Supplies And Medical Devices Easing The Burdens Of Access And Cost; Diabetes Education And Health Services Ensuring Access To The Best Possible Care; Diabetes And Discrimination Respecting Individual Rights And Privileges; and Diabetes And Canadian Public Policy Encouraging Government Accountability.
Local resources include: Resource Lending Library, free pamphlets, Cookbooks for sale (make a nice Christmas gift), Information Nights, Expos, Support Groups and Diabetes Camps for children living with type 1 diabetes. These activites are supported through donations and fundrasing activites such as:“In Tribute” celebrations recognizing a person’s/ couples special occasion, the Jim Whitson Memorial Flame of Hope Golf Tournament with title sponsor Lambton Audiology Associates and Door-to-door canvassing for monetary donations.
Things You Can Do: You can support the Canadian Diabetes Association - Sarnia & Disctrict by volunteering, supporting their events and activities, making a donation or through one of their many programs.
Nominated Becuase: "They provide programs and resources that present people and their families with the opportunity to live healthy, active lives and decrease the financial burden that this lifelong disease can have." - Annonymous