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Gift of Hope: Cards and Gift that Fund Diabetes  Research
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— Cyndy Roberts, Jacksonville, FL

Ring in the season with a favorite tradition: holiday shopping with Gift of Hope! You'll love our new and expanded array of beautiful and affordable gifts — and how all profits are put to work for better treatments, better outcomes and better lives for children and adults with diabetes.

Founded in 1971 by parents of children with diabetes, the Gift of Hope catalog has raised more than 24 million dollars to speed the quest for a cure.

More than 25 million American children and adults have diabetes today — 11.3% of the total population — and an estimated 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes. It's an ongoing problem we cannot just accept as a fact of life! Please read inspiring Stories of Hope from people with diabetes who are committed to making a difference in the fight to Stop Diabetes®.

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Stories of Hope
Being diagnosed with diabetes is devastating. Daily life may never be the same for the person affected or their loved ones. Meet remarkable children and adults who are facing the challenges with undaunted courage and a determination to improve their own health and make a difference for diabetes research, education and advocacy. Let these heartfelt stories of hope inspire you to join the fight. Working together, we can Stop Diabetes®.

Ina Mendoza-Wilson, of Bowie, Md., was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at 35, the same age her mother died of complications from type 2 diabetes.

"I decided that very day I would not be a statistic. I decided that day I would do everything I could to live another 35 years, at least," Mendoza-Wilson says.

Read Ina's Story

Having to stand up for her own daughter's welfare inspired Joyce Boudoin to become a volunteer advocate for the American Diabetes Association in central Florida.

As one of the Association's Safe at School advocates in the Orlando area since 2009, Boudoin has helped about 50 children with diabetes receive fair treatment and the care they need at school.

Read Joyce's Story

While responding to a three-car accident, a police officer used excessive force and severely injured Shannon Eagen's father, believing him to be intoxicated. In truth, Shannon's father was neither drunk nor intentionally aggressive. His blood glucose had dropped, slowing his brain and making him unresponsive.

"We're trying to bring diabetes awareness to law enforcement so another person with diabetes won't have to experience what my dad did," Eagen says.

Read Shannon's Story

After her young daughter developed type 1 diabetes, Donna Rossman of Bunker Hill, Ind., felt compelled to take action. She became a nurse.

"When the nurse job at the high school came open four years ago, being right there with my daughter was ideal."

Read Donna's Story

The long-awaited artificial pancreas is on the fast track, now that two Mayo Clinic endocrinologists have teamed to solve the mysteries behind individual metabolism.

"The technology was described more than 30 years ago," says Yogish C. Kudva, MBBS. "Bringing together the technologies and the people who can connect them in reality took quite some time."

The artificial pancreas combines a continuous glucose monitor, an insulin pump and a pocket-sized device with software to automatically adjust insulin delivery to keep blood glucose within a normal range. Because every patient is different, the Mayo device was designed to learn from the patient’s metabolic response to real life.

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Imagine the heartbreak that comes with a diagnosis of diabetes, then multiply by four for all the members of the Foisy family of Peabody, Mass.

All four use an insulin pump, and both kids use a continuous glucose monitor. The family also keeps a blood glucose monitor in every room of the house.

Read the Foisy Family's Story

Good things happen when an entire family, like the Pearces of Kaysville, Utah, joins the fight against diabetes.

When Adam Pearce developed type 1 diabetes at age 6, his parents and three older siblings pulled together to help the youngest Pearce manage his diabetes. Eight years later, the whole family volunteers with the American Diabetes Association.

Read Adam's Story

Thomas W. Gardner, M.D., an ophthalmologist, is part of a 12-member clinical and research team that joined the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2010 to investigate the effects of diabetes on the retina and to develop better treatments for diabetic retinopathy.

"Diabetes research is my personal passion because my two brothers have type 1 diabetes."

Read Thomas' Story

Laurie Basloe, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7, achieved her dream of becoming a professional dancer. Then, five years ago, a trip to Ecuador to empower youth to help teach children how to manage their diabetes inspired Basloe to begin educating her own school community about diabetes. She began by hosting a Dance for Diabetes at her school to raise money for the program in Latin American countries

Read Laurie's Story

Ho Luong Tran, a refugee who became a national health advocate, has declared war on type 2 diabetes.

"Type 2 diabetes targets Asians," says Tran, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of Asian and Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP). "We see a very high prevalence — one in every two adults — in our community. We still don’t know why, so we need more research to find out exactly what's happening."

Read Ho Luong's Story

At age 16, Ellen Brodie became the first family member with type 1 diabetes. Years later, Brodie's older daughter, Madison, developed type 1 diabetes at age 8.

Today, Brodie is captain of her employer's team in the local Tour de Cure, the American Diabetes Association's fundraising cycling event. "I'm doing this for Madison," she says. "I have been recruiting all my friends and coworkers to ride or donate to the cause."

Read Ellen's Story

If you attend an American Diabetes Association event in the Chicago area and 12-year-old Jeffrey Linnert goes to the microphone, you better pull out the Kleenex.

Tears tend to flow when Jeffrey tells the story of his life with type 1 diabetes — not out of sadness, but because he is a living portrait of courage, compassion and hope.

Read Jeffrey's Story

Growing up at a resort in New York's Catskill Mountains, Robyn Webb learned to love good food and beware of a high-fat diet. She lost her father to a massive heart attack, and her mother developed type 2 diabetes. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees in nutrition, she began using her culinary talents and education to advocate cooking well and eating wisely.

Read Robyn's Story

Noah Brokmeier of Taunton, Massachusetts, was a first-grader in 2007 when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and moments later learned about broken dreams.

"Does this mean I can't be an Army man?" he asked.

Read Noah's Story

Araine and Dustin Cash, Oklahoma City, thought their little girl's week-long tummy ache, her growing thirst and frequent urination were symptoms of a urinary infection.

They were stunned by the diagnosis.

Read Araine's Story

For the past 23 years, Dianne Dean of Richmond, Virginia, and a fellow Amaranth member have spent hundreds of hours annually to make and sell homemade preserves and apple cake in a jar to raise money for diabetes research.

Read Dianne's Story

Kathy Howard went to a St. Louis emergency room in 2008 expecting to be told she was another victim of the flu — until she stepped off a gurney and crumpled to the floor.

Read Kathy's Story

"Don't give up."

When 9-year-old Christopher Hughes offers this advice for overcoming adversity, you best listen. He's living proof.

Read Christopher's Story

For 22 years, Maryjeanne Hunt kept a secret that could have killed her: She often skipped insulin injections as a way to lose weight and stay thin.

What she didn't know is that type 1 diabetes and eating disorders have become frequent companions, mainly in females.

Read Maryjeanne's Story

In the fight against diabetes, giving takes multiple forms for Karmeen Kulkarni. Her goal, however, is always the same.

"The devastation caused by diabetes makes me want to stop diabetes," she says. "I want a cure and a better quality of life for those living with diabetes."

Read Karmeen's Story

As the legendary front man of the rock man Poison, Bret Michaels has a new generation of fans because of his continued recordings of new music, his No. 1 rated reality show on VH1 for three seasons, Rock of Love, and his boardroom chats with billionaire host Donald Trump on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice.

Read Bret's Story

By the time James Miyagishima acted on his mounting health problems in 2004, his doctor suspected his type 2 diabetes had gone undiagnosed and unmanaged for about 20 years.

It was too late for the toes on his right foot, for some of his vision, and for his kidneys.

Read James' Story

Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 10 years ago changed Leticia Olivarez' life.

Olivarez, 44, from Austin, Texas, tamed her diabetes through diet and exercise. She shed more than 40 pounds, added muscle, dramatically decreased her medication, and lowered her average blood glucose to the recommended range.

Read Leticia's Story

Surrounded by her four young children, 28-year-old Melissa Partridge looked to the future and wondered how long she could be an active, involved mother.

"I've never met anyone who has survived 50 years with diabetes," she recalls thinking.

Read Melissa's Story

Ken Rodenheiser, 21, developed type 1 diabetes at age 12 and quickly felt a bond with others who have diabetes.

At 16, he was attending a diabetes conference in Florida when an Australian couple approached a conference participant …

Read Ken's Story

Annette Richardson-Bienkowski met about four dozen new friends two years ago when they all gathered in Boston to celebrate their shared accomplishment: surviving at least 50 years with type 1 diabetes.

"I looked at them all and almost cried," says Richardson-Bienkowski of New London, Connecticut.

Read Annette's Story

At age 38 and weighing over 300 pounds, Steve Thurner was taking five pills and two injections a day for type 2 diabetes. His physician gave him a choice: take more medication or start exercising. Thurner, a computer programmer in San Diego, California, opted for exercise.

Read Steve's Story

Delores Williams recounts the past 40 years like a living history of diabetes research. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 18 in 1971, she started by testing the sugar content in her urine. Advances in technology and understanding brought a blood-glucose monitor, carb-counting knowledge, an insulin pump and, most recently, a continuous glucose monitor.

Read Delores' Story

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