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.
Cruz at Surfing with Diabetes

Get Involved

The PADRE (Pediatric-Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education) Foundation plays a critical role in the education and support of children with Type 1 Diabetes and their families. We ask that you partner with us, as a participant and or donor, and be a vital part in the success of our largest annual fundraising event. 

For 28 years, PADRE hosts an annual fashion show that highlights our children and teens, performing and modeling in the latest fashions, compliments of Macy’s. 
This highly anticipated program serves as a major psychosocial event for our children and their families.  This event not only provides an essential connection, but the funds needed to support our educational programs. 
This year we’re celebrating our 28th Annual Fashion Show Gala, and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa on Saturday, May 13, 2017. 

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

Our Address

1201 West La Veta Ave.
Orange, CA 92868

557 S. Main St.
Orange, CA 92868

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Office: 714-509-8330