Diabetes Hope Foundation
Diabetes Hope Foundation (DHF) is a grassroots not-for-profit organization founded by its current chair, Barbara Pasternak, in 1999 after two of her sons were diagnosed with diabetes. The foundation’s mission is to reward, empower and provide peer education and support for youth in transition to enable them to live successfully WITHIN and BEYOND diabetes.
Recognizing the need for supporting transitioning youth who are struggling with the financial and emotional challenges of living with a long-term chronic illness, DHF achieves its mission through the through delivery of community Scholarship, Mentorship, Transition Workshop and Alumni Peer Support programs, otherwise not accessible to these youth.
Ongoing support from community partners, corporate sponsors, and families are critical to the success of DHF community programs for youth with diabetes and will help the diabetes community continue to grow, thrive and succeed as the foundation responds to the ever changing needs of youth living with diabetes by providing ongoing programs and support when and where they need it most.
The Foundation continues to work with a cross-generation of DHF Alumni and community partners to develop innovative youth-led community initiatives that will support the unique needs of transitioning teens and millennial’s living with diabetes.