Washingtonians are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes as over 640,000 residents suffer from the disease, and many others may have diabetes and not know it. It is estimated that 1 out of every 3 children born after 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes, and currently 1 in 5 health care dollars is spent caring for someone with diabetes.
Every year, the American Diabetes Association's Camp Seath hosts approximately 60 children with type 1 diabetes for a 6 day, 5 night camp on Vashon Island. Camp Sealth gives chilren the unique opportunity to better manage their disease and build friendships with other children with diabetes, while enjoying a variety of recreational activities in a safe, supportive environment. For more information, visit the Camp Seath website or contact Emily Fay at EmFay@diabetes.org.
Ambassadors advance the mission of the American Diabetes Association by providing diabetes-related education and resources to their communities. Ambassadors also serve as a bridge between their communities and the Association by communicating local needs and gaps to the Association to inform our work. To learn more about the Ambassadors Initiative, please contact Kelsey Stefanik-Guizlo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Diabetes Advocate!
Over 11,000 Advocates engage with the Association locally every year and advocate on behalf of those living with diabetes and prediabetes.
Volunteer With Us
Your involvement as an American Diabetes Association volunteer—whether on a local or national level—will help improve lives of everyone impacted by diabetes, maybe even someone close to you. There are many ways for you to get involved—a little time can have a big impact.