Kevin Shannon Foundation News
How better to make a difference than by
helping children? When children are diagnosed with juvenile
diabetes, they have to alter every part of their lives -- from
eating, sleeping and exercising to learning to administer daily
injections. As a diabetic himself, Kevin Shannon would have
wanted to help children cope with this disease and, as
important, to find a cure. That's why, for the past three years,
the Kevin Shannon Foundation has donated 12 Bags of Hope to
newly diagnosed kids with diabetes at the LaRabida Children's
Hospital and Research Center.
The Bags of Hope, created by the Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foundation, are a way to reach out to children
with diabetes at the time of diagnosis and help them cope with
this deceptively nasty disease. The bag contains both
educational and comforting items such as the JDRF Kids
"Have Hope" video , Rufus (for boys) or Ruby (for
girls), the bear with diabetes and books, such as "Taking
Diabetes to School ," "The Kids, Food & Family
Cookbook ," and "Parenting a Child With
The Chicago Children's Diabetes Center at
LaRabida Children's Hospital and Research 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, panning and
Kevin knew that living with juvenile diabetes
is not easy, but it is manageable. Through this gift, the KSF
can help children and their families through this difficult
transition period...and make a difference.
Scholarships Available to Those in Need
For many people, a quality education is the
cornerstone of a good life. But what if you don't have the
resources or can't afford it? The Kevin Shannon Foundation is
committed to making scholarships available to those deserving
and in-need students. Promoting education for young people is
one of its major goals.
To make education more accessible to more
young people, the KSF has been a proud supporter of Marist High
School and the Beverly Hills University Scholarship Foundation.
For the past few years, the KSF has contributed tuition
assistance for students-in-need.
In 2004 the KSF began awarding annual
college scholarships. More details can be found at
Kevin Shannon Foundation Scholarship.
Education for young people, research and
education on diabetes and local schools are the primary tenants
of the foundation. We are always interested in contributing to
those organizations of interest to our supporters. If you have
an organization which might fit our criteria, please call Jim
Tyree at 312-595-6090 or Don Shannon at 847-325-1000.