LORNE ABRAMSON – Lorne is the Executive Director of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association. This organization supplies incredible information and resources to the diabetes camps all over the North American continent. The budget is shoestring, the reach is grand, and the impact on so many kids is just incredible. This organization would be gone long ago had this magnificent man not hung in there with it.

DIABETES BLOGGERS - Kerri, Amy, Manny, Allie, Gina, Carey, Scott, and Julia are just a few people who have turned diabetes education on its ear with up-to-date information for the diabetes community. We should also add Kelly Close and Ellen Ullman as well, although not bloggers per say, but crucial in the woven fabric of the online diabetes community.

CRYSTAL JACKSON - It is virtually unthinkable to mention a 504 plan without thinking of Crystal Jackson of the American Diabetes Association. She is synonymous with the inner workings of the diabetes maze within the US school system's bureaucracy and how to navigate it. The subject was something she tackled because of her own daughter.

PAM HENRY - Because of the sheer frustration of not being able to stay in touch with her child's medical professionals, her school nurse, and even her own child, Pam created MyCareConnect to solve this problem immediately. It's free to all families and already over 200 are using it, many more will.

CHARLIE AND MARIE RIZZO - When most people would have been burned out raising money for a cause, these two incredible individuals continually search the world for the latest in diabetes research and yet, they end up back at the Diabetes Research Institute every year where they raise over 1 million dollars annually in a real estate dinner in New York. After 30 years of making a difference, the Rizzo's will tell you they won't stop until their daughter can.

Of course there are more people who probably deserve to be mentioned and indeed many have made incredible strides to helping those with diabetes. If you are doing something worthwhile, let me know at tom@dlife.com. If you have not decided to do so, get up off your butt and try to begin a project to help others with diabetes. Don't wait for someone else to do it. Learn as Lisa taught and you may be surprised by the incredible Power of One.

I'm a diabetes dad.

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dLife's Viewpoints columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences, most often at a set point in time. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team before acting on anything you read here to find out what will work best for you.

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Last Modified Date: July 01, 2013

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