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Every 21 seconds, someone new is diagnosed.

Take action and join the fight against diabetes.

The numbers are staggering. 30 million Americans have diabetes and another 84 million have prediabetes—a  number that only gets more dire when you consider its associated healthcare price tag of $327 billion. Today, diabetes causes more deaths than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Diabetes isn’t a disease—it’s an epidemic. And the time to take action is now.

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Real people. Real stories.
Basam Adams - Influencer Profile

So honored to have been a part of this campaign, and a HUGE thanks to for creating a campaign that not only shed light on the #everydayreality of diabetes, but helped those of us living with #T1D to be transparent with those who don’t understand what it’s like. •

I first started volunteering with my local ADA when I was 10, and I became the National Youth Advocate when I was 16, where I had the amazing chance of a lifetime to travel the country attending camps, National meetings and conventions, speaking on their Safe at School program, diabetes advocacy, research and fundraising, and about my own personal experiences with type one. Being a part of this years campaign was such a surreal and full circle moment for me, to be able to feel that my impact on others means something ♥️ and to be back with the ADA where it all started. •

Real quick - never stop advocating for whatever you believe in. Don’t let anyone quiet you, or tell you that what you believe in is not important. Don’t pay attention to people’s insecurities, because you’ll never please everyone. Everything that matters and is worth it, takes TIME. So be patient, and be happy for those around you who are also going through their own journey’s. There is enough for all of us!! •

So thank you! And thank you to everyone who has stood by me, supported me, been on this journey, follows me and my crazy life journey! (Extra brownie points if you read my whole caption 👏🏻)


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We know that we can put an end to all this suffering. We know that we can find better treatments for those fighting diabetes. We know that we can find a cure. We just need more people like you to join the fight.

Work with us. Help us raise awareness. Donate to support research. Fundraise with your community. Together, we can do this—we can find a cure and make millions of people’s lives so much better. It’s a fight worth fighting. A fight worth winning.

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Here’s what you can do right now

The American Diabetes Association raises awareness and support in several ways. The Tour de Cure, the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, and other events have helped us make important headway against diabetes. Of course, there’s still much more to do.

Our events inspire people all over the world and take place in communities across the map. They help us raise funds to support our mission as we continue our critical work. And they help us build a massive community of people who are united in our mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by this disease.

Participate in one of our signature events or create one of your own. We need your support. Thank you for joining this fight.

Your kindness can be tax-deductible

Corporate giving can do a lot for both us and you. When corporations give money to fight diabetes, they send a powerful message—that they stand with us, that they understand the suffering, and that they care. Corporate donations are tax deductible and easy to make through payroll contributions. And their social impact is incalculable.

If you’re interested in making a corporate donation, a dedicated ADA staff member is ready to help develop and execute a unique, co-branded workplace giving campaign complete with sample messaging, internal email templates, and a series of promotional posters to support your efforts.

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Be on the front lines of the fight

It may seem difficult to make a difference, but it’s not. Because making a difference is about showing up—about joining the hundreds of thousands of volunteers that help us expand our message. By helping us inspire healthier lifestyles and intensifying our advocacy efforts, our volunteers make a critical difference in this fight. And by helping us raise money, they help us get closer to our ultimate goal: finding a cure for diabetes.

Diabetes isn’t a choice. But giving is.

There are a variety of ways to support our fight. You can become a monthly supporter for as little as 30 cents a day—all to support lifesaving research. You can make a memorial donation to honor the memory of a loved one, or you can honor a friend by giving a gift in their name. Reach out to one of our representatives today to find out how.

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