About the American Diabetes Association

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The American Diabetes Association is the nationAEs leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy serving ALL 23.6 million people affected with diabetes. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching more than 800 communities.

The mission of the organization is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health care professionals and the public, and advocates for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes.

The moving force behind our work is a network of more than one million volunteers, including a membership of 430,000 diabetes patients and their families, and a professional society of more than 18,000 physicians, scientists, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, and educators.

In Northern Illinois / Northern Indiana, the ADA conducts a wide variety of educational programs throughout the year, including:

* Summer Camp for Children with Diabetes provides children and teens with diabetes the opportunity to participate in recreational activities while developing independence and confidence in caring for their diabetes.

* Family Link meets the growing needs of families who have children with diabetes. …