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American Diabetes Association

Nonprofit Overview

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) relentlessly combats diabetes, aiming to prevent and cure the disease, as well as to enhance the lives of the more than 38 million children and adults in the U.S. living with diabetes. We also work to bend the curve on this rapidly growing epidemic, for the 97.6 million Americans with prediabetes who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. With more than 133 million Americans impacted, including over a million in Pennsylvania, our urgent vision strives for a diabetes-free existence.

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Current Needs

More than 18,000 youth are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes every year, a life-changing moment that requires 24/7 control for the rest of their lives. The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) helps by offering traditional summer camp experiences in a medically-safe environment where children with type 1 diabetes learn critical diabetes management skills. Since 1949, the ADA has connected children living with diabetes to adventure, education, mentors, and fun. 

With your support, children can attend ADA Camp to help develop social skills, self-respect, and life-long friendships. Kids meet others just like them while fostering independence, building self-confidence, and gaining an awareness of a healthy lifestyle through education, nutrition, exercise, emotional well-being, and glucose control.

Locally, Camp Courage serves Western PA and Eastern OH as a week-long, sleep-away camp. Under the care of UPMC Children's Hospital staff, nearly 100 children ages 8 to 17, including children from Washington County, attend the camp yearly.

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