I’m beyond thrilled to announce that my non-profit, “dateline diabetes” has officially been given 501(c)3 status by the IRS!!! That means when someone makes a donation to my charity it will be tax deductible for you.
A portion of the profits from my upcoming book release, “If I Kiss you will I get Diabetes?” will directly go into my non-profit.
Here’s a little more information about dateline diabetes…
When I was diagnosed at the age of 13 I desperately needed to talk to someone who had already had diabetes for a couple of years. In the doctor’s office I couldn’t see pass that day, I needed someone to help me have hope with my future goals and dreams. I created “dateline diabetes” because I saw a need out there and I wanted to help do what I can to help fill that. My inspiration for calling the nonprofit “dateline diabetes” is because dateline is defined as “a line giving the place of origin and usually the date of a news dispatch or the like.” The work that I do comes from my own personal story with having a chronic illness for the past 13 years and I want others to feel empowered to tell their story of origin.
Dateline diabetes serves two specific purposes. First, we provide Baskets of Hope to recently diagnosed diabetics. It will include items such as diabetes educational material, a journal, markers, and information on how to get set-up with a mentor. As well, the parents of the diagnosed will have an opportunity to get set-up with another parent who has a child with diabetes. Second, dateline diabetes provides diabetes camp scholarships to people living with type-1 diabetes who cannot afford to attend.
I’m currently working with a new web developer to redo my entire website so starting this summer (hopefully June 1st) people will be able to go on to the site and 1. Fill out a form requesting a Basket of Hope. 2. Apply for a camp scholarship to be paid directly to the American Diabetes Association camp of their choice (criteria will be based on personal passion for life as well as if they’ re in financial need). 3. Make a donation to the charity.
The lessons that I learned at the age of 13 at Camp Needlepoint I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I realized that I didn’t get a choice in getting diagnosed with type-1 diabetes, but I certainly got the choice on how I was going to react. I hope that you will join me in helping support “dateline diabetes”.