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Fundraising Events

Our special events help raise critical funds for educational programs, advocacy and research while forwarding the mission of the American Diabetes Association: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information regarding any of our events, please contact Sarah Fried at or 312-346-1805 ext. 6569.

Team Diabetes at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon & XSport Fitness Presents Rock N' Roll Half Marathon

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Runners need to supply their own registration fee for both the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon and/or the Chicago Marathon.

XSport Fitness Presents Rock N' Roll Half Marathon
July 19, 2015 - 6:30 a.m.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon
October 11, 2015

For more information, please contact Sarah Fried at 312-346-1805.

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes®

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Step Out is the Association's signature fundraising event. Join a team, become a captain or a Step Out Champion and tell us why do you walk? Our Buffalo Grove Step Out and Chicago Step Out events are held in the fall. Please check back shortly for updates on dates! 

For more information, please contact Allison Gronski at or 312-346-1805 ext. 6579.

School Walk for Diabetes

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School Walk for Diabetes is an ongoing educational school fundraising program that promotes healthy living, school spirit and community involvement. Schools can register and get more information at

Punt, Pass and Kick for the American Diabetes Association

The Chicago Bears and the American Diabetes Association have come together to provide students the opportunity to learn the importance of physical activity and the skills of Punt, Pass & Kick (PPK) while learning the value of community service through raising funds for the Association! Participants will have the opportunity to win Bears memorabilia and the top fundraising school will win a visit from a Chicago Bears player! Only 10 schools per year may participate and schools must be within 45 miles of Lake Forest, IL. PPK for the Association is a part of the School Walk for Diabetes Campaign.

For more information, please contact Mallory Dahlquist at or 312-346-1805 ext. 6572.

Tour de Cure®

Tour de Cure® is the Association's signature cycling event. Routes vary from 10 miles to 100 miles with fully stocked rest stops, full lunch, live entertainment and amazing start and finish energy.

Chicagoland Tour de Cure
June 14, 2015
Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora

For more information, please contact Samantha Sales 312-346-1805 ext. 6568 at

Father of the Year

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Father of the Year is an event that honors outstanding fathers for their ability to successfully balance their professional and personal lives while making an impact in the community.

Chicago Father of the Year Awards
June 18, 2015 - 5:30 p.m.
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Chicago

For more information, please contact Khushboo Rami at or 312-346-1805 ext. 6564.


Our Mission Delivery team develops awareness programs, educational events and youth initiatives programs in the Chicagoland area to help educate, increase knowledge about the Association and its events, and help fulfill the Association's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information regarding any of our programs or corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Simintha Esson at or 312-346-1805 ext. 6574.

American Diabetes Association Camp

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The American Diabetes Association's Camps provide a special time for kids and teens with diabetes to meet others living with the disease their own age. Offered during the summer months, the purpose of the Northern Illinois Area Camps is to provide a unique recreational and educational experience for children and teens living with diabetes ages 4 to 18. 

Camp Confidence - Des Plaines (ages 4 to 9)
Camp Discovery - Glen Ellyn (ages 4 to 9)
Camp Crossroads - Chicago (ages 4 to 9)
Triangle D Camp - Ingleside (ages 9 to 13)
Teen Adventure Camp - Ingleside (ages 14 to 18)
Camp Can-Do - Palos Park (ages 4 to 9)

For more information about the Northern Illinois Area Camps, please contact Sue Apsey at or 312-346-1805 ext. 6567.

American Diabetes Association EXPO

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The Chicago EXPO is free and includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management, research and prevention. Get the latest information on preventing and managing diabetes and its deadly complications to help keep you and your family healthy.

Chicago EXPO
April 18, 2015
McCormick Place

For more information, please visit or contact Danielle Trojanek at or 312-346-1805 ext. 6581

Stop Diabetes @ Work

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Stop Diabetes @ Work is a research-based initiative that can be customized to fit within your existing wellness efforts or used as a stand-alone healthy worksite program.

Benefits Include

  • Employer Portal - Download turnkey materials that can be co-branded and shared with employees all year long.
  • Online Employee Resources - Provide your employees access to online tools with healthy lifestyle advice, recipes, diabetes management information and electronic trackers.
  • American Diabetes Association Weight Talk® - Offer employees with or without diabetes personalized weight loss programs done over the phone and online with an evidence-based curriculum.
  • Local American Diabetes Association Resources - Work with your local Association experts to develop a program that will meet the needs of your employees.

For more information, please contact Danielle Trojanek at or 312-346-1805 ext. 6581

Do-It-Yourself Fundraising

Whipping up a bake sale?

Hosting a golf event?

Want to use your efforts to support the American Diabetes Association?

We can help! Use our peer-to-peer online fundraising system to get the word out to your friends and family, and give them the opportunity to make an online donation to support your efforts on behalf of the American Diabetes Association.

For more information, please visit the Do-It-Yourself Fundraising webpage or contact Elizabeth Umunna at or 312-346-1805 ext.6553

  • Last Reviewed: April 23, 2014
  • Last Edited: January 16, 2015