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Diabetes is challenging, and having someone in your corner can make all the difference. This holiday season give gratitude to someone who has inspired, supported, or helped you.  In turn, your donation of $5 or more will support the work of Diabetes Hands Foundation to make sure that no one with diabetes ever feels alone.

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Dragan, also known as @Dragan1 on TuDiabetes,

I am grateful to you for stepping up and offering me technical and other support in adopting the do-it-yourself hybrid artificial pancreas, Loop, this year. Your unselfish offer of support has made one of the largest improvements to my well-being in my 33 years of living with diabetes. Your help and continuing support inspire me to make my own contribution to someone else in the “pay-it-forward” fashion that you have demonstrated to me. I look forward to doing that in the coming year. Your kindness to me, a virtual stranger a year ago, touches my heart as only a friend can!

Sincerely,
Terry

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Betsy,

For over a decade of amazing friendship, family/tribe networks, front porch sitting, and life partnership… especially after my diagnosis when I needed so much of that. A special thanks for helping me face my anxieties, not let diabetes mess up my ambitions, and bike the coast of CA with you. You changed the game when I met you, and continue to every year. In my heart forever.

Sincerely,
Me

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Aza & Danny,

For being there. For helping me crawl back from a scary low blood sugar. For helping me even when I’m stubborn. For riding along through the highs and lows of this dance. Suddenly ‘I love you’ begins to sound too simple.

Sincerely,
Me

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Mike, Mandy, Mila, Mariana & Cynthia,

For teaching me more about what diabetes is and is not and the complexities of this chronic disease. I have much more awareness and appreciation for people living with diabetes. You 5 are amazing humans who are doing such a stellar job of managing your or your loved one’s diabetes and advocating and building community for others living with diabetes.

Sincerely,
Andrea

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Hope Warshaw,

I have been a fan of your work for years, and I’ve read your articles and blog posts and have always been very thankful for what you do for people with diabetes. So thanks for that.

But what I really want to thank you for is how disruptive your book “Meal Planning Made Easy” was in my life. I had gotten stuck in a rut where I was making less-than-ideal decisions on a very regular basis. And something about the simplicity of the way you broke things down really helped me realize that I could get better at meal planning. I started with one dinner a week, and now healthy eating isn’t just something I do…it’s something I enjoy.

Sincerely,
Hannah Gomez

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Chris Snider,

Thank you for the JUST TALKING podcast. Your consistency is commendable, and you always have a unique view of the world. Thank you for the work that you put into the show, and thank you for sticking with it for so long.

Sincerely,
Mike Lawson

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Todd,

Thank you for re-stocking my night time low basket before I even notice stock is low, or filling up my water bottle when I am battling a high blood sugar. Thanks for encouraging me to get outside and exercise and pushing me to be better every day. You’re my rock and my best friend. xo

Sincerely,
Alanna

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Jerry The Bear,

Thank you for helping my child feel less alone. I know it’s kind of silly to be writing a letter to a stuffed animal, but I really appreciate how much you have helped Logan understand how to manage his diabetes. Logan is a really smart kid, but he learns best when he does things. When we got our Jerry The Bear we were so happy to see Logan actually enjoying something that had become such a black cloud over our house. We love you.

Sincerely,
Logan’s Mom

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Lisa,

You are one of the best friends I could ever ask for. Thank you for that time when you brought me glucose tabs when you knew I was too low to ask for them. Thank you for reminding me that self-care is an important part of me being around to take care of my family. Thank you for always being able to put a smile on my face regardless of how LOW or HIGH I am. Thank you for being my best friend.

Sincerely,
Tanya

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Korey Hood,

Dear Korey,

Thank you for being an amazing inspiration for many many people living with diabetes. You do your best every day to manage, deal, and thrive with diabetes personally as well as professionally. You’ve dedicated your wonderful talents to helping the diabetes community through your research, clinical work, and volunteering. Your passion shines through in all you do, including everything you do for your family!

Sincerely,
Diana Naranjo

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Jeff and Brenda Hitchcock,

A sincere thanks to Jeff and Brenda for creating Children with Diabetes, a space for families, youth, and now even adults to connect, learn, communicate, and feel supported. And thank you for including me as faculty and a part of the CWD family. The diabetes world is a much better place with you two and CWD in it.

Sincerely,
Diana Naranjo

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Familias Guerreras,

Su amor y dedicación es insuperable y un ejemplo digno de admirar. Sigamos caminando este camino educados, sin perder de vista nuestra meta; la salud de nuestros dulces guerreros. Gracias a cada uno de ustedes por su apoyo y confianza. Reciban un fuerte abrazo!

Sincerely,
Jaime, mi dulce guerrero

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Mariana,,

Encontrar compañeros de trabajo que sean tan compatibles unos con otros no es sencillo, me considero muy afortunada al poder llamarte mi colega, amiga y sobretodo parte de nuestra familia. GRACIAS!

Sincerely,
Mila

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Charles Kaplan,

Having you by my side makes life, and living with type 1 diabetes easier. Thank you for always supporting me, and listening to my crazy ideas, frustrations, and encouraging me to always be my best.

Sincerely,
Phyllis

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Camp Nejeda Foundation,

Thank you Bill, Shannon, Jennifer, and Victoria for all you do for kids, and adults with Type 1 diabetes.
The lessons learned at camp have stayed with me and have helped me in so many ways.

Sincerely,
Phyllis Kaplan

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Cherise,

PYT, you have changed the game for so many people with diabetes. Thanks for being such an inspiration to the DOC, and for being my friend.

Sincerely,
Kerri

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Dr. Pao,

Dr. Pao, thank you for educating me, listening to me, and shepherding me through difficult moments with my diabetes over the past nearly 7 years. I appreciate you as a healthcare professional and a trusted advisor. I’ll never forget how you’ve helped me see that little changes can make a big difference. You are the definition of an awesome endo. Thank you!

Sincerely,
Stephen Shaul

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The DHF Staff,

Thank you to everyone at DHF who bring so much enthusiasm and passion to their work, making such a great contribution to the diabetes community.

Sincerely,
Ruth Markowitz

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Cara Houck,

Thank you Cara for always being there to help support me and my family when Kyle was diagnosed with T1 diabetes. I will never forget it!

Sincerely,
Allyson

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Mom,

You are wonderful and always go out of your way to help me. I’m thankful that you’re my mom and I’m thankful that we are friends. I love you.

Sincerely,
Cassie

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Bob Geho,

Thanks for your leadership in the board of DHF the past three years, and for all you do to make life better for people with diabetes!! Go Diasome!!

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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Mariana Gomez,

Doctora: gracias por todos estos años de amistad, desde los inicios de EsTuDiabetes. Gracias por trabajar junto a Mila para hacer de la comunidad y la pagina de FB espacios de paz y apoyo para gente con diabetes. Nunca deje de “sacar los lentes” cuando convenga! 🙂

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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Cynthia Rogers,

Thanks for taking on as Community Manager of TuDiabetes: there are few places where you can see your impact on a daily basis, and you are having it. Keep at it!

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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Mike Lawson,

Thank you for all you do to keep the DHF programs vibrant and moving forward! You impact tremendously everything you touch.

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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Scott Johnson,

Thank you for your friendship since I first entered the DOC, for your honesty and transparency, for your dedication to all of us living with this condition, and for joining us as a committed board member of Diabetes Hands Foundation!

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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Lorraine Stiehl,

Thank you for SO MANY years as a board member and supporter of Diabetes Hands Foundation. You and Chris embody what many of us strive to become: tireless advocates, dedicated to the cause of diabetes, committed to making life better for those of us living with this condition as we inch closer to some semblance of a cure.

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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Mila and Jimmy Ferrer,

For being such great parents and setting an example for all parents… not just those with children touched by diabetes.

Your devotion and love to your three boys is nothing short of exemplary and sure to guide each of them into lives of meaningful satisfaction.

I am proud to know both of you!

Sincerely,
Gene kunde

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Kelly Close,

Thanks for your friendship and leadership. Your work makes us all smarter and moves us to do more to never settle for status quo.

P.S. Also thanks for hiring Adam Brown! He’s a gem. 😉

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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Kerri Sparling,

Thanks for your friendship of so many years, for being a great listener, a super-fun and unapologetic individual, and for bring an advocate with a heart of gold that is open to anyone in need of support and a smile.

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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David Edelman,

Thanks for your friendship and partnership through thick and thin. I have learned tons from you, and am super-happy to see you happy!

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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Andreina Davila,

Thanks for being love of my life, for supporting my dream of bringing Diabetes Hands Foundation to life as my co-founder, for being there for me every day with my ups and downs with this crazy condition, and for being an incredible mom to our son, Santiago!

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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Emily Coles,

Thanks for the years of dedication as Community Manager of TuDiabetes. You inspired us and lit up hope in the hearts of so many!

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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Donna Hill,

Thanks for all the years of dedication you gave us as Chair of DHF, for your generosity, and for your commitment to our mission!

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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Gene Kunde,

I am so grateful for you to be leading Diabetes Hands Foundation, bringing to the organization the type of leadership it needs in its second decade!

Sincerely,
Manny Hernandez

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Manny Hernandez,

Thank you Manny for your continued support and guidance as we take the next steps in evolving Diabetes Hands Foundaion into the welcoming support resource you envisioned almost 10 years ago.

Sincerely,
Gene

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Dr. Diana Naranjo,

A jumbo-sized thank you for teaching me tools and strategies to get through my hardest challenges post-diagnosis. I am so grateful I found your genuine, warm, support; you have been so instrumental in my growth and where I am today personally and professionally. Thank you for all your work you do for PWDs and their families…you are a gem amongst cardboard rocks.

Sincerely,
Mandy

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Marcela Arregui Reyes,

Un gran gracias por ser un mentor, un apoyo, y lo más importante, una amiga durante mi viaje con diabetes. Me ayudó a la transición, y la otra transición, y la otra transición :). Gracias por trabajar en una nueva área de atención, para muchos que no tienen ningún otro lugar para el apoyo.

Abrazos,
Mandy

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Lucas Fogarty,

Thank you for being one of my first D-friends at UCSF and inspirations to meld diabetes advocacy into my career. Your work at DASH camps, and now internationally, has always been focused on helping those with less access to diabetes support and decreasing the gap in care. I thank you for the late nights, highs and lows, and stressful “figuring it out as you go” that you’ve pushed passed because you were called to the work, the hard work. Keep it up, Lucas.

Sincerely,
Mandy

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Tamar Sofer-Geri,

Thank you for being my first touch-point into the diabetes community after my diagnosis. Beer & Basals helped me meet my first D-friends, who gave me a lifeline of support during a difficult time. The scholarship you gave me to attend your Bay Area Diabetes Summit opened my eyes to all the communities, technology, and career opportunities available to me. Both helped push me on a positive path to where I am now. Thank you for your genuine interest in building community and helping those with diabetes.

Sincerely,
Mandy

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Mike Norton,

I didn’t choose diabetes, but you did. I can’t thank you enough for participating in my care and learning alongside me. You are the definition of a partner in all the ways.

Sincerely,
Anna Norton

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Daniele Hargenrader,

Dear Daniele,
Thanks so much for everything you do to support people in the Diabetes Community. Your Positivity, light and absolute heart inspires me every day!

Sincerely,
Rachel Zinman

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Bill and Mom,

I want to send out a monumental ‘THANK YOU’ to my husband Bill and my mom Gayle for their never-ending love and support on my diabetes journey, both personally and professionally. Your belief in me, and your willingness to always be there when I need you means everything! LOVE you both more than you could ever know!!!

Sincerely,
Daniele

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Cherise Shockley,

I’ve known you a really long time…and I’ve seen you grow from a woman with great ideas, to a woman that get’s some serious stuff done. The work you’ve done with DCAF and DSMA has changed the world. Thank you for putting in so much of your personal time into all of these projects.

And I know that you aren’t motivated by superficial things like money or attention. You’re doing this because your heart tells you to go out and help others. I’m so lucky to have been one of the “others” that benefited. <3

Mike

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Kelly Kunik,

Thank you for coming up with a crazy successful hashtag campaign. I wish more people knew how much of your time and energy you GIVE to help make the world a better place for PWDs. You are an incredible gift to the diabetes community. I’m thankful that I get to call you “friend.”

mL

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Daniele Hargenrader,

The incredible work you did on the Peer Diabetes Summit deserves a million THANK YOU cards. Thank you for pulling together such an impressive list of speakers. Thank you for all of the marketing. And most importantly, thank you for having an incredible attitude during it all. You are inspirational.

Sincerely,

Mike Lawson

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Heather Gabel,

I’m so glad that you are always a quick text message away. Thank you for listening to me complain about things that neither of us have the power to change…that’s the hardest complaining to listen to. You always know exactly what I need to hear. Thank you.

Mike Lawson

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Mike Lawson,

THANKS MIKE – So love what you are doing here. Please thank your entire, spectacular team that watches over so many of us! much love, your diaTribe Foundation fans

Sincerely,
Kelly Close

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Asha Brown,

I am inspired by all of the work that you do at WE ARE DIABETES. The work you do has saved lives. Thank you for making the world better for people with diabetes. <3

Mike Lawson

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Kelly Close,

I am smarter because of you. The work that you do at diaTribe has helped me become a better advocate. Thank you for the countless late-nights you’ve had just to get us the latest diabetes news and research. You are a blessing to our world. Thank you!!

Mike Lawson

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Kerri Sparling,

You really are the cat’s meow. You’ve done something wonderful with your blog, SixUntilMe…you’ve normalized the diabetes experience so that many people (like me) feel less freakish. That’s big. Love you tons!

Mike Lawson

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Diabetes Hands Foundation Board,

To our wonderful board:  Dayton, Dennis, Donna, Jose, Kenneth, Lorraine, Manny, Robert, Ruth & Scott)

Thank you for amazing leadership and governance of Diabetes Hands Foundation. We appreciate your passion for those touched with diabetes and your support of our mission and vision. Your support and guidance helps us all do our work everyday to help people touched by diabetes.

Sincerely,
Diabetes Hands Foundation Staff (Allyson, Becky, Cynthia, Gene, Mandy, Mariana, Mike, & Mila)

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Steve,

Thanks for all of the help you’ve given me with my diabetes. You have been really helpful and patient, and I sometimes need that. Thank you for reminding me to take that night-time Lantus (which I ALWAYS forget) and thanks for waiting out inconvenient lows when I know you just want to go. You’re the best.

Sincerely,
Mike Lawson