Announcing the 2012 DHF Seeds Grant recipients

2012 DHF Seeds Grant Recipients

Today we are happy to announce the nine innovative diabetes advocacy projects selected to receive DHF Seeds grant funding for 2012. Each of these projects, aimed at connecting, educating or empowering people touched by diabetes, will receive US$2000.

“Our goal is to support promising projects and help advocates through grants that assist them in taking their projects to the next level,” explains Manny Hernandez, president and founder of the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

2012 DHF Seeds grant recipients (l. to r.) Kim Vlasnik, Bennet Dunlap, Lee Ann Thill

Below is a complete list of the recipients of the 2012 DHF Seeds grant.

Category: Connect

College Diabetes Network Chapter Toolkit 

The College Diabetes Network (CDN)  is a student-led network aimed at empowering college students with Type 1 diabetes through peer support and access to information. CDN will use the grant to help build chapters faster and more effectivley on 45 campuses nationwide by publishing and distributing a hands-on chapter leadership toolkit.

World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange

Led by diabetes advocate, blogger, and art therapist Lee Ann Thill, the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange marks World Diabetes Day (November 14th)  by coordinating the exchange of homemade postcards that promote healing through creativity, connection, and activism. The DHF Seeds grant will be used to underwrite the work and supplies needed to manage this international event.

You Can Do This Project 

Created by diabetes advocate, blogger, and cartoonist Kim Vlasnik, You Can Do This has, to-date, broadcast videos from over 90 people. Each person tells his or her own diabetes story and encourages others living with diabetes that they too “Can Do This.” The DHF Seeds grant will be used to broaden participation in this ongoing online project that connects people touched by diabetes.

Category: Educate

Drinking with Diabetes and 

The Drinking with Diabetes guide is aimed at fostering healthful choices and a dialog about alcohol and diabetes between students and their families. This guide will discuss the health implications of drinking alcohol for college students living with diabetes. And it will help students make better choices. The DHF Seeds grant will be used to support the production and distribution of this guide.

LIFT – Levántate! 

LIFT – Levántate! is focused on engaging low-income and at-risk youth and adults in managing diabetes with diet and exercise. The DHF Seeds grant will be used to extend bilingual family support for people with diabetes in low-income communities.

The Sweet Lowdown – Broom Street Theater

The Sweet Lowdown, a live theater production,  will use music and dance to demonstrate the science of how diabetes works and as a powerful way to educate people and destroy myths about diabetes. The DHF Seeds grant will be used to develop and produce this play at the nation’s oldest thriving experimental community theater—The Broom Street Theater in Madison, WI.

Category: Empower

Riding on Insulin, UK 

Led by pro-snowboarder Sean Busby, who lives with Type 1 diabetes, Riding on Insulin camps teach snow skills and diabetes management to children and teens living with Type 1. The experience shows families that anything is possible—even with diabetes. The DHF Seeds grant will support conducting a Riding on Insulin camp at an indoor snow-site in London, expanding the reach of this successful camp program.

Rumor Mill

Rumor Mill will be a graphic novel aimed at inspiring and informing teens living with Type 1 diabetes. The plot explores how a teen can respond constructively when the very action he must take to maintain his health (i.e., injecting insulin) is misunderstood, mislabeled, and become grist for the rumor mill. The DHF Seeds grant will support the writing, production, and distribution of this graphic novel.


Developed by Ginger Vieira, a Certified ISSA Personal Trainer, Certified Cognitive Coach, and diabetes blogger, Sweat-Betes will be a series of exercise videos aimed at people living with diabetes. These videos, developed for people with beginner-to-intermediate levels of fitness, will present sound, medically-based instruction and information on how a person with diabetes can exercise safely. The DHF Seeds grant will support the production of this specialized  series of exercise videos.

You can view the submission videos for all of these funded projects at