Diabetes Hope Foundation Invests in the Success of Youth with Diabetes

More than 40 students will receive scholarships for post-secondary education; Youth Day 2014 kicks off unique mentorship program

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 28, 2014/CNW/ - When Diabetes Hope Foundation (DHF) was founded in 1999, the grassroots charity awarded scholarships to four outstanding students with diabetes. Since then, DHF has given out more than 500 scholarships as part of its mission to help and support youth living with diabetes.

This year, DHF is awarding 43 scholarships, including 40 in Ontario and three in Nova Scotia. The program recognizes exceptional youth who have been successful in managing their diabetes, while also excelling in academic, sports and community development.

“For over 15 years, the Diabetes Hope Foundation Scholarship Program has provided hope, opportunity and inspiration to 510 young adults living with diabetes from across the country,” said Barbara Pasternak, chair of Diabetes Hope Foundation. “Now more than a decade later, I am so proud to see that youth from every scholarship year have come back to ‘pay it forward’ to the next generation of type 1 youth.”

The awards will be given out at the Evening of Hope gala event, which takes place on May 26, 2014 at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. The gala is hosted by DHF’s alumni committee, whose members are dedicated to giving back to an organization that has helped them excel in many aspects of their lives.

Jade Allen, alumni committee vice-chair and a social worker, said Diabetes Hope Foundation has given her many empowering experiences since receiving the scholarship in 2005. “DHF has helped me develop into the person I am today and helped me foster a network of diabetes support in the community,” she said. “I’ve been able to excel with my diabetes and appreciate the good the disease has brought into my life.”

The full list of 2014 scholarship recipients can be found on the DHF website: http://www.diabeteshopefoundation.com/content/diabetes-hope-scholarship-...

The awards ceremony caps the Foundation’s Alumni Weekend, which features the 4th annual Youth Leadership & Development Day. The event, which takes place at the University of Toronto’s Bahen Centre for Information Technology, will feature leadership training workshops and networking opportunities for young adults living with diabetes. Lindsey Carswell, a 2011 alumni student who recently obtained her pilot’s license, will be a keynote speaker.

Youth Day is also the kick-off event for DHF’s Alumni Mentorship Program. The program matches first-year students with mentors from the Foundation’s alumni based on similar academic and social backgrounds. A first of its kind in the diabetes community, the mentorship program assists students in their transition to campus life and adult diabetes care. Through peer role-modelling, mentoring and peer-to-peer interactions, mentors aim to inspire young adults with diabetes to achieve better long-term health outcomes.

About Diabetes Hope Foundation
Diabetes Hope Foundation (www.diabeteshopefoundation.com) was created in 1999 by the current chair, Barbara Pasternak, who has three children, two of whom live with type 1 insulin dependent diabetes. As her boys grew and made their way through the medical system, Barbara became acutely aware of gaps in the health care system for youth with diabetes.

Diabetes Hope Foundation was created to fill that gap and help families struggling with the financial and emotional challenges of children living with diabetes. Our programs reward, empower and provide peer education and support for youth in transition to enable them to live successfully WITHIN and BEYOND diabetes.

SOURCE Diabetes Hope Foundation

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Barbara Pasternak, Founder and Chair
905-670-0557 x 231;
barbara@diabeteshopefoundation.com