The PADRE Foundation was founded in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization designed to support the needs of Southern California children and adolescents who have diabetes, and their families, through a program of diabetes health EDUCATION, support groups and events. It was founded by a group of parents who recognized the need in Orange County, California for education, resources and support for families who have children with diabetes.

Today, PADRE serves more than 2,400 pediatric patients annually throughout the greater Southern California area. As an independent non-profit organization, PADRE is dedicated to serving the community through its free diabetes self-care and SUPPORT programs. These programs are designed to improve diabetes self-management which positively affects the health outcomes of youth participants, and teaches valuable coping skills which ultimately strengthen the family function.

We invite you to take the time to meet some of the members of our PADRE family in the following pages to see how much your monetary support means to us.

Sincerely, PADRE Board of Directors

John Haretakis

Founder, PADRE Foundation

The PADRE Foundation was founded in 1985 by John Haretakis, owner and founder of Spires Restaurants who's 5-year old daughter Nikolina was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The Haretakis Family was devastated by their daughters' diagnosis, so John set out to educate himself about diabetes. After visiting numerous facilities across the nation, John created the PADRE Foundation with the support of Dr. Bruce Buckingham, CHOC Children's and other faithful individuals. John decided to spearhead this organization in hopes of providing other families, like his, with the educational information necessary to live successfully with this disease. A small sparkle of an idea that started with Johns’ daughter’s diagnoses has grown into a galaxy of diabetes education, youth event programs, family support and research for new treatments; and untimely a cure for this chronic and lifelong condition. Today with a small group of dedicated individuals on the PADRE Foundation Board of Directors and staff, we continue to make a difference in the lives of children with diabetes.

John passed away at age 88 on July 11, 2017. He will forever be remembered for his endless love and dedication towards the PADRE Foundation and those living with Type 1 diabetes. “John- you will forever be in our hearts.” -PADRE Foundation staff, board members and families

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John, Cathie (wife), Nikolina (daughter)


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Padre Youth Leaders

This program was created to empower children with Type 1 diabetes by giving them the opportunity to represent the PADRE Foundation, to provide diabetes education to the community and to raise diabetes awareness. Our Youth Leaders accept the responsibility to represent PADRE in public settings and help steward our mission... Read More...

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