Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that is needed to make energy from food. Without insulin to transport the sugar (glucose or energy) into the cells, the sugar remains in your bloodstream, giving you high blood glucose readings. If the cells do not have sugar to use for fuel, your body then begins to use muscle and fat as a fuel source. The byproducts of muscle and fat metabolism are a poison to your system, and can cause coma and death.

Type 1 diabetes onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it, and currently nothing you can do to get rid of it.

Therefore, until there is a cure, PADRE's mission is to:

•  Provide educational classes, support groups and psychosocial events for all children with
   diabetes, as well as for their parents and siblings.
•  Support community education on diabetes and disease management.
•  Partner with research efforts aimed at better detection, prevention and management of
   diabetes and ultimately toward finding a cure.
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The Pump Girls

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February 1998, Brittany Rausch, 12, and her mother came up with an idea for a skit that she could perform at a diabetes camp in Southern California sponsored by the Pediatric-Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education Foundation (PADRE). With a group of other girls she met at the camp, Rausch put together a song and dance routine to the "The Barbie Song...," and it was a big hit with the other campers..  Read More...

We believe we can inspire kids to lead AMAZING lives until a cure is found.

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Orange, CA 92868

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Orange, CA 92868

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