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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. On Walk day, we honor our Red Striders (those who are living with diabetes). Step Out is filled with music, food, kids activities, entertainment and most importantly, the company of those who truly understand the impact of diabetes. Join us!

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes Chicagoland
September 19 and 20, 2015

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 educational school fundraising program that promotes healthy living, school spirit and community involvement. While raising money for the American Diabetes Association, students learn about diabetes and the importance of making healthy choices including eating nutritional foods and exercising every day. The money raised through School Walk for Diabetes helps to fund diabetes research, education, and advocacy in support of the mission of the Association. 

Schools can register and get more information at  For more information, visit or 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

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.

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 Illinois 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)
Camp Granada – Monticello (ages 8 to 16)
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 Illinois Camps, please contact Sue Apsey at or 312-346-1805 ext. 6567.

Family Link

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Family Link is a program that helps families when they need it most—every day. This program makes it possible for families of children with diabetes to meet one another and receive the information and support they need to cope with diabetes. Family Link offers families social and educational events, school advocacy and one on one emotional support for parents through our Parent Mentor program. Through Family Link activities and Parent Mentor volunteers, we are able to offer families hope and help through emotional support, diabetes information, events and activities, and communication regarding other Association activities and resources. View more details about Family Link here

For more information about Family Link, or to hear about upcoming events, please contact Mallory Dahlquist at or 312-346-1805 ext 6572. 

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.

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: March 10, 2015