Diabetes Scholars – Generosity In Action

The Diabetes Scholars Foundation does amazing work.  They raise money to help get families and young adults to Friends for Life conferences.  As if that isn’t enough, they also raise money to get young adults to college. I’ve written about what they do in the past.  I am a big supporter of them, and appreciate all of the hard work they do.

At each Friends for Life conference, Diabetes Scholars holds some sort of fundraising event. I have attended for the past two years. Each year, at each event, I am blown away by the generosity displayed. The money raised at the Friends for Life events goes directly to bringing families and young adults to future Friends for Life conference.

These conferences change lives. They change lives. Don’t take my word for it.  Have a look at just some of the blog posts in the diabetes online community about this year’s conference.

I’m blown away by the items that were donated, I’m blown away by the number of people that attend, I’m blown away by the money raised. I’m just blown away by all of it.

I’m writing this to give you an idea of what exactly happens at a Diabetes Scholars event. Not enough people know about it, and that is one small area where I can contribute.  Sharing news of good people doing good work is something I am happy to do.

There is a live auction, complete with an auctioneer!

Cool, right?

There is also a silent auction, with donated items lined up, from end to end, on both walls.  The number of items given to help bring people to Friends for Life is amazing.  I grabbed a few pictures, but they don’t do the event justice.

I was able to snag, with the help of Kelly, a cool necklace for my wife, for about $25.  A great deal, and the money goes towards a great cause.  I only wish I had more to spend!

(Big shout out to Jeff Mather for helping me figure out how to work my blog…)

How did they do this year?  Straight from Mary Podjasek, just a few days after the event (“Howl” was the entertainment – dueling pianos):

After paying Howl and the Marriott, it looks like we cleared $36,000. This means we can bring 25 families and 5 young adults next year. This year we brought 22 families and 7 young adults but had almost 100 applications. We would love to one day be able to bring everyone that applies. There is such a huge need. Thanks to everyone who helped to make our event such a success. Let’s try for $75,000 next year!!

Way to go!  As she said above, there is such a huge need.

How can you help?  Spread the word. Donate auction items.  Donate money.  Attend their events. Spread the word some more.  There are lots of ways you can help, even if you are not in a position to help financially.

Not enough people know about this great organization and what they do.  That is something I can help with.  So can you.

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Peter Megaw
Scott, thanks for the shout-out and support. As a DSF Board member I am pleased to join you in acknowledging the incredible work Mary Podjasek put in on this years event…as well as her vision to have it grow and help more families touched by T1. I think there is a lot of year-round on-line legwork that internet savvy folks could help her with…and the bigger the event gets the more help she’s going to need. I’m sure she has very definite ideas about this, and suspect she might chime in on the most efficient ways to pursue this. More… Read more »
Mary Podjasek

Thanks so much Peter. Yes, if anyone would like to contact me, my e-mail is [email protected]diabetesscholars.org. Or my phone number is 312-215-9861. Thanks so much for considering helping out.

Mary Podjasek

Thanks so much Denise. I really appreciate it.

Denise aka Mom of Bean

We had such a great time at the auction, as well. I was impressed with the variety and the quantity of items. Such a great cause!! It will always be on our ‘to do’ list for FFL!

Mary Podjasek

We are busy working on next year’s event. Any donation of auction items is greatly appreciated.
Mary Podjasek