Life For A Child
  • The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is a multidisciplinary association dedicated to empowering healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional diabetes management, education and support.  AADE’s members serve on the healthcare teams at many of DECA’s camps.  DECA and the AADE Camp Community of Interest Group cooperatively work on many projects that promote and enhance education for youth with diabetes and their families at camp and in other non-traditional settings.

  • The American Diabetes Association funds research, delivers services, provides information and gives a voice to those living with diabetes. The ADA owns and operates many of DECA’s member camps and serves as a valued partner in DECA’s efforts to promote and enhance camp programs for youth and families.

  • The Canadian Diabetes Association’s mission is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. We deliver our mission by providing people with diabetes and healthcare professionals with education and services; advocating on behalf of people with diabetes; supporting research and translating research into practical applications.  The Canadian Diabetes Association is a member of DECA, and operates summer camps, family camps and youth retreat programs in nine Canadian provinces.

  • The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and DECA work cooperatively to educate and support children and families who live with diabetes.  Through joint projects such as the “go to camp postcard” in the “JDRF Bag of Hope” the organizations can meet their common goals of promoting volunteerism, increasing cooperative diabetes education, reducing the devastating complications of diabetes, conducting essential research and fostering fellowship among diabetes-interested organizations worldwide.

  • Lions worldwide are committed to helping those who live with diabetes.  DECA and Lions International have formed a partnership to connect Lions to local diabetes camps so that they can be active in getting children to camps, volunteering at camps and broadening awareness. Diabetes camping programs teach children how to live well with diabetes, introduces them to lifelong friends and motivates them to overcome the challenges of this difficult health condition. View Kids Love Diabetes Camps to hear what the children say!

    Are you a current Lions Club Member?

    Login or register with DECA to get access to:

    • Diabetes 101 - If you would like to help your community assist children with diabetes, download Diabetes 101, a Resource Manual for teachers, coaches and others who work with children who have diabetes.  Take it to a local school nurse, daycare center or coach. Use it as a teaching manual at a club meeting!
    • Until The Cure There’s Camp - A PowerPoint presentation to show your club the benefits of diabetes camping programs for children.
    • Diabetes Camp Survival Manual - to learn about how your club can help to create a program in your area - or how you can help an existing program become even better. 
    Do you operate a diabetes camping program or want to learn more about how diabetes camping programs operate?

    DECA invites Lions Clubs that operate diabetes camping programs, as well as individual Lions who are either associated with a program or just interested in diabetes camping, to become full DECA Members. DECA’s Camp and Individual Memberships offer a wealth of benefits. Please register with DECA or login to sign up for full membership. Benefits include:

    • DECA resources including training videos, PowerPoints, resource materials and more
    • “DCAT” - the Diabetes Camp Assistance Team - experts who can help you with diverse issues
    • Inclusion of diabetes camping programs on the Diabetes Industry Partners Advisory Council  (IPAC) database for donations of supplies and materials
    • Unlimited individual memberships for camp staff and/or camp volunteers
    • Rights to use the DECA logo on promotional materials, indicating that your camp is a member of the world’s only professional diabetes camping organization
    • Partner opportunities with affiliated organizations worldwide
    • Participation in conferences, online forums and other camp communities of interest

    The Diabetes Education and Camping Association sincerely thanks the Lions of the World for helping children live well with diabetes!

  • The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to empowering and improving the lives of students living with Type 1 diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources. CDN has chapters on campuses across North America and supports a national network of young adults just like you! For information about how to make a difference on your campus, access their resources about college life, or to refer your parents: check out their website at www.CollegeDiabetesNetwork.org.

  • Glu® is an active and diverse, type 1 diabetes, online community designed to accelerate research and amplify the collective voice of those living with T1D. In Glu® you will connect with people just like you, contribute to discussions and research, and learn from the wealth of rich information found within the pages … and that’s just the beginning.


    The International Diabetes Federation "Life for a Child" Programme was established in 2000 with support from Diabetes NSW (formerly Australian Diabetes Council) and HOPEworldwide. It is an innovative and sustainable support programme in which individuals, families and organisations contribute monetary or in-kind donations to help children with diabetes in developing countries.

    The formula is simple: contributions from donors go to established diabetes centres enabling them to provide the ongoing clinical care and diabetes education children need to stay alive. The centres provide comprehensive clinical and financial feedback to the Programme management team in Sydney, Australia.

    • The Programme aims to provide:
    • Sufficient insulin and syringes
    • Blood glucose monitoring equipment
    • Appropriate clinical care
    • HbA1c testing
    • Diabetes education
    • Technical support for health professionals

    Some centres need support for all these areas; others need support for only some components.

  • dLife Summary

    dLife is a community network and resource for millions of people with diabetes, their caregivers and healthcare providers. dLife engages this growing population in positive and proactive self-care across a variety of media channels. Its award-winning outlets include dLife.com, the leading online diabetes destination, featuring the widest and deepest variety of original content and resources anywhere; dLifeTV, the only web series dedicated to people with diabetes, airing Sundays on dLifeTV.com (7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT); popular mobile applications; as well as other consumer and professional programs driving proactive diabetes self-management. dLife has been recognized with numerous media and editorial awards.