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KSF: Making a Difference in the Lives of Children
by James C. Tyree, KSF Co-President

KSF Secretary Terri Noon (left) presents a JDF Bag of Hope to Dr. Paula Jaudes, President of LaRabida Children's Hospital and Research Center.


Being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes turns a person's world upside down, especially when it's a child's world. The Kevin Shannon Foundation helps newly diagnosed children and their families through this difficult transition period. KSF purchases Bags of Hope to be donated to The Chicago Children's Diabetes Center at LaRabida Children's Hospital and Research Center.

The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation created the Bags of Hope as an effort to reach children with diabetes and their families at the time of diagnosis with a comprehensive collection of educational and comforting materials. The Bag contains items intended to communicate directly with the child with diabetes as well as items geared toward the adult caregivers. It contains items such as the JDF Kids "Have Hope" video; Rufus, the bear with diabetes; and books, such as "'Taking Diabetes to School', 'The Kids, Food & Family Cookbook', and 'Parenting a Child With Diabetes'".

Through these gifts, KSF does one of the things it was created to do: support research and education in the field of juvenile diabetes. The Chicago Children's Diabetes Center offers medical evaluation and consultation; individualized, age appropriate patient and family instruction; personalized nutritional counseling; a progressive diabetes management approach; intensive insulin therapy, and ongoing assessment, planning, and intervention.

Living with juvenile diabetes is not easy, but it is manageable. KSF hopes that The Bags of Hope will help get this message to the young patients and their families who receive it.


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