Continued Support From Helmsley Charitable Trust Funds Diabetes Hands Foundation Effort To Expand Online Educational Tools And Develop Advocacy Resources

Diabetes Hands Foundation positioned to become a key champion, raising the voices of people touched by diabetes with policymakers, regulators, and industry

BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded a $200,000 grant to the Diabetes Hands Foundation to increase the Foundation's organizational capacity and enhance its IT infrastructure. Through this grant, the Diabetes Hands Foundation will expand the educational offerings and reach of its growing online community, particularly among Spanish-speaking users, and further develop its advocacy resources.


Central to this year's funded projects is the Diabetes Hands Foundation effort to define an advocacy roadmap that will help amplify patient and caregiver voices with policymakers, regulators and industry to effectively address the diabetes pandemic. In mapping out key objectives, strategies, and necessary capabilities, the Diabetes Hands Foundation will position itself as a key champion for people touched by diabetes among policymakers.

"More than just becoming a mouthpiece for the diabetes community we are committed to building capacity for effective advocacy by people touched by diabetes," stated Manny Hernandez, president of the Diabetes Hands Foundation. "Through educational campaigns and the Diabetes Advocates program, we will make the voices of diabetes patients and caregivers stronger so that they are heard by regulators and industry. One in three Americans currently lives with diabetes or pre-diabetes and it costs the US more than $245 billion a year. We can't afford to not face this head on."

Founded in 2008, the Diabetes Hands Foundation connects, engages, and empowers people touched by diabetes. It provides a platform for more than 120 champions of people touched by diabetes through its Diabetes Advocates program. Additionally, the Diabetes Hands Foundation hosts two online communities for people touched by diabetes: (in English) and (in Spanish). In the last year these two online communities welcomed over 3 million unique visitors from across the world.

This is the third year the Helmsley Charitable Trust has provided grant funding to the Diabetes Hands Foundation. "We are delighted to continue to help build the organizational capacity of the Diabetes Hands Foundation and to support the strengthening of its advocacy efforts to ensure that the people impacted by T1D have a voice in key decisions affecting disease management," said Helen Kim, Senior Program Officer of the Helmsley T1D Program. 

"We thank the Helmsley Charitable Trust for its continued support," said Donna Hill, board chair of the Diabetes Hands Foundation. "With this year's grant Helmsley takes it funding commitment to $500,000 over three years for the Diabetes Hands Foundation. Their ongoing support has been instrumental our growth, both in size and reach. This year's initiatives take the Diabetes Hands Foundation to the next level, positioning us to become a trusted and influential voice within the regulatory and industry landscapes."


The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective organizations in a variety of selected areas.  Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $900 million.  The Helmsley Type 1 Diabetes Program is the largest private funder of T1D-related research, treatment and support programs.

Diabetes Hands Foundation brings together people touched by diabetes for positive change so that nobody living with this condition ever feels alone. It hosts two active online communities for people touched by diabetes: (in English) and (in Spanish); the annual Big Blue Test exercise challenge; and Diabetes Advocates, a consortium of champions for people touched by diabetes.



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Media Contact: Manny Hernandez, Diabetes Hands Foundation, 510-898-1301,

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