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Who We Are

Insulin for Life USA, Board of Directors

These Board Members help to craft the mission, vision and goals of Insulin for Life USA.  In addition, they oversee the daily operational activities including fundraising, publicity, obtaining and sending of insulin, and administration. While representing a variety of backgrounds and experiences, each member has one thing in common, a passionate and endless desire to help those with diabetes.

Mark Atkinson, Ph.D., President

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Dr. Atkinson is currently a Professor of Pathology & Pediatrics and Eminent Scholar for Diabetes Research at The University of Florida. The author of over 300 publications, Dr. Atkinson is beginning his 29th year of investigation into the field of type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes. Dr. Atkinson has been the recipient of multiple scientific and humanitarian based awards for these efforts. He has also been active in a leadership service to the type 1 diabetes community, with administrative or advisory service to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The American Diabetes Association, The National Institutes of Health, Diapedia, the Immunology of Diabetes Society, and approximately ten pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies. Finally, he is a member of the Advisory Board for Life for a Child and co-founder for Hope on the Move.

Neil Donelan

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Neil Donelan is an Australian who lives in Wendouree, Victoria, Australia. Neil is a founding Board Member of Insulin for Life Australia, which was established in 1999.  He is the Manager of collection and distribution of Diabetes Aid throughout the world for IFL Australia, as well as the Shipping Coordinator for all emergency diabetes aid relief work throughout the world for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). He is a serving Member of the IDF Insulin Taskforce Committee whose job it is among other things to monitor the cost of insulin and access availability for developing countries. He also has served as the volunteer coordinator of Diabetes Children’s camps in Ecuador, South America since 2007. Neil’s professional background is from the Fire and General Insurance industry in Australia.

Les Jebson, Secretary and Treasurer

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Les Jebson serves as the Executive Director of the University of Florida Diabetes Center of Excellence. In this role, he oversees the center’s partnerships with internal and external stakeholders in research, philanthropy, clinical outcomes and general administration.  Prior to his current role, he served as the Executive Director of The University of Florida Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, both components of The University of Florida-Shands Healthcare System. Les has held clinical, financial, operational, and research roles in both private and academic based health systems and continues to serve as adjunct faculty at the University of Florida.

Alicia Jenkins, M.D.

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Dr. Jenkins is a diabetes specialist and researcher in Sydney, Australia. There, she serves as an endocrinologist specializing in eye care to adult and adolescent diabetes services, predominantly type 1 diabetes. She was a key figure in establishing the organization preceding the current Insulin for Life USA in Oklahoma City.  Indeed in working with that group, amongst her activities were to develop public awareness for the program, build communication efforts, identify sources for domestic donation of supplies, designating potential sites for distribution of donations, and evaluating medical ethics and need. Today, she continues in these activities.  She has been an Insulin for Life Australia and Insulin for Life Global Board Member since 2000.  This, alongside of serving as an Advisory Board Member for Life for a Child.

Francine Kaufman, M.D., Vice President

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Dr. Kaufman has devoted more than three decades to the mission of improving the lives of people with diabetes. Her expertise in pediatric type 1 diabetes is exemplified through her involvement with multiple for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including service on their Board of Directors. A former President of the American Diabetes Association, Dr. Kaufman has served as a delegate to the World Health Organization and was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine. In addition, she has experience with multiple academic research efforts and patient care initiatives (including international based efforts), currently serves as Chief Medical Officer of Medtronic Diabetes, and carries a defined leadership role with the Medtronic Foundation.

Neal Kaufman, M.D., MPN

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For over three decades, Dr. Kaufman has provided services and supports to people with diabetes including diabetes camps, international missions, and public policy/advocacy and developing educational approaches to enhance patient self-management. Dr. Kaufman has extensive experience with non-profit management and grant writing. His service to Insulin for Life USA includes providing input into strategic direction for the organization, especially in the areas of Web-design, public awareness and communications. He is also involved in the identification of potential sites for distribution of donations, evaluation of medical ethics and need.

Marie Schiller

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Marie joined Health Advances in 1998 with extensive experience in the biotech industry. In her more than one hundred client projects at Health Advances, she has focused on guiding management through business and scientific analyses regarding product development, market positioning, portfolio optimization, business development, and corporate strategy. Her clients range from early-stage biotech companies to large pharmaceutical companies. Finally, as part of these efforts, Marie has worked extensively with a number of not for profit agencies, including the Helmsley Trust and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, providing guidance to research and therapeutic opportunities in type 1 diabetes.

Insulin for Life USA, Staff

Carol Atkinson

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Carol Atkinson is the Program Coordinator for Insulin for Life USA. Beyond this, she also serves as President of Hope on the Move, a not-for-profit that provides international medical and dental relief.  For this latter effort, she has overseen the travel of over 300 medical and dental professionals, on approximately 20 foreign and domestic mission trips, over the last 12 years. She also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem in East Gainesville, Florida; organizes and provides public lectures on a variety of topics including relationships, family and marriage; and volunteering for a wide variety of local helps based organizations.

Tamir Ellis, Ph.D.

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Dr. Ellis is the Director of Strategic Planning and Development for Insulin for Life USA.  Dr. Ellis has spent nearly 25 years in medical, applied and basic research in the life sciences.  His work includes over 100 peer reviewed publications, many of these focusing on type 1 diabetes.  In addition to his academic interests he has over 30 years of service and leadership experience in not-for-profit and community based organizations.

News from our partners in Nigeria

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Activities hosted by our partner, Hammer Home the Glucose.

Insulin for Life USA has been supporting the work of Hammer Home the Glucose since the Fall of 2013. Under the direction of Nwaokoro Joakin Chidozie, Hammer Home the Glucose conducts health clinics throughout Nigeria.  The clinics are designed to educate those with diabetes on healthy living and better ways to treat and manage the disease.  Pictured above are some of the patients attending those outreaches. We at IFL USA are proud to support the work in Nigeria and to help Hammer Home the Glucose achieve their dream to empower those living with diabetes.

Thank you for your continued support which enables this life saving effort to continue and grow to reach more people.

Write your story to encourage others

We have recently been alerted to an exciting opportunity.  In an effort to inspire people to write their story which can serve to encourage others, the people at Medtronics are hosting a writing opportunity.  They call it their “Bakken Invitation”  you can read the details here: http://bakkeninvitation.medtronic.com/bakken-invitation-medtronic-criteria/.

This challenge is to reinforce the belief of Earl Bakken the co-founder of Medtronic.  As stated in the Bakken Invitation: “Earl knows the gift of extra life is powerful. And while each person chooses how to use their extra time, it is his enduring hope they consider how to give back… in big or small ways.”

We encourage you to write your story today.

INSULIN FOR LIFE USA announces a $120k grant from The Helmsley Charitable Trust and a $20k Matching Grant Challenge

Gainesville, Florida: April 7, 2014 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded a $120,000 grant to Insulin for Life USA in order to enhance its capacity to deliver life saving insulin to an international audience of persons with diabetes in desperate need of this medication. This grant includes a $20,000 matching challenge to encourage additional Insulin for Life supporters to join the efforts to help fund the organization’s vital work.

Only 20 months old, Insulin for Life USA will utilize this award to respond to the organizational challenges associated with becoming a rapidly growing charitable-provider of diabetes supplies to health care professionals in developing nations.  “Our model could be considered both green and life-saving at the same time,” said Dr. Mark Atkinson, President of Insulin for Life USA.  “We collect un-opened, in date, and otherwise unneeded diabetes supplies from individuals throughout the USA that would normally be disposed of.  After careful inspection and handling, we deliver them to international health care professionals for distribution, free of charge, to diabetics both young and old, who have no means to pay for their medications”.

In its first year of operations, donations of insulin were 2,000% higher than initial projections.  Also, with a start up budget of $110,000, the organization recovered supplies in that first year having a value in excess of $1.3 million.  Supply shipments reached a global audience, including the countries of the Congo Republic, Ghana, Haiti, India, Mauritania, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, and Uganda.

As part of this grant, the Trust will match up to $20,000 in gifts from other donors exceeding $1,500 that are made between March 15, 2014 and January 15, 2015 provided the donor has not made a gift of that amount or larger previously. Insulin for Life USA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, making all donations tax deductible. Insulin for Life USA hopes this opportunity will encourage both individuals as well as corporate donors to double the impact of their gift.

Learn more about contributing to the matching challenge or donating much needed diabetes supplies on the Insulin for Life USA website [http://www.ifl-usa.org/].

This grant is the second award from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to Insulin for Life USA, the first one having been utilized to help the organization’s start. “We are incredibly grateful to The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s support and look forward to our continued partnership in seeking to save the lives of those with diabetes who through no fault of their own, face a daily struggle for survival,” said Carol Atkinson, Insulin for Life USA’s Director.

ABOUT THE LEONA M. AND HARRY B. HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST (www.helmsleytrust.org):

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits and other mission-aligned organizations in health, place-based initiatives, and education and human services.  Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $1 billion.  The Helmsley Type 1 Diabetes Program is the largest private funder of T1D-related research, treatment and support programs. For more information, please visit www.helmsleytrust.org.

ABOUT INSULIN FOR LIFE USA (www.IFL-USA.org):
Insulin for Life USA is a fully licensed (State of Florida) and insured a 501(c)3 approved not-for-profit whose goal is to improve the lives of those with diabetes, through provision of health care education as well as supplies essential to the management of that disease, who otherwise would suffer due to lack of resources. Insulin for Life USA works closely with a variety of other charitable organizations’ whose operations differ, but are none-the-less dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished persons with diabetes.

Thank you to Julie Jaworski

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October 27, 2013 Julie Jaworski of Orlando, Florida participated in the Ironman race held in Miami.  Julie had the following comments to say prior to the race:

Diabetes will not defeat me.  For almost 23 years I have been learning how to live and deal with being Type 1.  Day in and day out.  I train for events so that I can continue to remind myself that I am in charge of the diabetes and that it is not in charge of me.  In the past 23 years, with the support of my family and friends, I have run 20 marathons, approximately 30 half marathons, and sprinkled in a few triathlons.  In October of 2013, I will tackle my first half ironman triathlon in Miami Florida.  I get to tackle this disease, because I choose to take it on head first.  That is a lot of blood sugar checks, too many doctor office visits, a zillion finger pricks, and countless insulin pump supplies.  But I get to.  There are so many others unable to do so.  Please support me in my efforts to help those who do not have the means to tackle this 24/7 disease by donating to Insulin for Life.

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What an inspirational athlete Julie continues to be despite the additional effort required as a Type 1 diabetic.  

Thank you to Julie and those who donated financially to IFL as a demonstration of support for those with diabetes.  Many lives will be saved as a direct result of your efforts.

November happenings

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On November 20th we sent a 16 pound package to our partner in Vrindaban, India.  This shipment contained a variety of supplies to be used in the ongoing treatment of patients at the Ramakrishna Mission Sevashram (Charitable Hospital).  We are honored to assist the mission of this group to treat those in need.

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Following Typhoon Haiyan, Insulin for Life USA began preparing to send aid to those affected by this horrific crises.  We invited the participation of our friends across the United States to join in our aid efforts.  On Tuesday, November 25 we packaged 54 pounds of diabetes supplies which included insulin, meters, test strips, syringes, pen needles, and lancets.  The package has made record speed in arriving in Cebu City in just four days of travel.

This aid is made possible by those who saw the need and responded by supporting our efforts.  Thank you.

If you desire to join the relief efforts please contribute by sending diabetes supplies or financial gifts.  We are continuing to monitor the need in the affected area.

Insulin for Life USA’s Partners and Associates

We are grateful to our partners for their generous support, which makes it possible for us Insulin for Life USA to make the impact all around the world.

In our first year of operation (2013) grants were provided by:

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Diabetes Hands Foundation
www.diabeteshandsfoundation.org

The Diabetes Hands Foundation encourages people with diabetes to take a test and share their experience on BigBlueTest.org.

Insulin for Life USA’s Domestic Emergency programs are made possible with funding from the Diabetes Hands Foundation through a Big Blue Test grant.


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The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in a variety of selected areas.  Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grant-making, it has committed more than $800 million to a wide range of charitable organizations.  Through the Helmsley Type 1 Diabetes Program, the Trust is one of the largest private funders of T1D-related research, treatment and support programs.


Supplies donated from the following cities in the United States:

Alabama
Silverhill
Titus

Alaska
Anchorage

Arizona
Chandler
Gilbert
Phoenix
Mesa

Arkansas
Mountain View

California
Aptos
Berkeley
Citrus Heights
Concord
Cottonwood
Covina
Crescent City
Escondido
Huntington Beach
Irvine
LaMesa
Ladera Ranch
Lakeside
Long Beach
Manton
Modesto
Murrieta
Sacramento
San Diego
San Jose
Santa Clarita
Sherman Oaks
Simi Valley
South Lake Tahoe
Temecuca
Visalia
Whittier
Woodland Hills

Colorado
Colorado Springs
Denver

Connecticut
Cromwell
Hampton
Stamford
Stratford
Wallingford
Westport

Delaware
Wilmington

District of Columbia
Washington DC

Florida
Beverly Hills
Bradenton
Daytona Beach
Delray Beach
Ft. Myers
Gainesville
Nokomis
Newberry
Ocala
Orlando
Ponte Vedra
Rockledge
St. Petersburg
Spring Hill
Tallahassee
Tampa
Valrico
West Melbourne

Georgia
Alpharetta
Decatur
Ellenwood
Roswell

Idaho
Boise
Caldwell
Fruitland

Illinois
Bloomingdale
Bolingbrook
Chicago
Des Plaines
Fairfield
Glen View
Godfrey
Kenney
Lockport
Macomb
Palatine
Steger
Villa Park
Wheaton

Indiana
Greensburg
Greenwood
Indianapolis
Logansport
Miles

Iowa
Davenport
Des Moines
Dubuque
Grinnell
Winterset

Kansas
Lawrence
Olathe

Kentucky
Hendersonville
Prospect

Louisiana
Shrieveport

Maryland
Baltimore
Bel Air
Boonsboro
Col
Crofton
Ocean City
Pasaden
Potomac
Suitland
Towson
Westminster

Massachusetts
Baldwinville
Boston
Fall River
Fitchburg
Haverhill
Medford
Melrose
N. Andover
Orleans
Sandwich
Wellesley
West Yarmouth
Westwood

Michigan
Chelsea
Commerce Township Farmington
Onsted
Southfield
Wakefield
Wayne
Ypsilanti

Minnesota
Burnsville
Fridley
Hayfield
Minneapolis
Plymouth
St Louis Park
St. Paul
Savage

Mississippi
Hernando

Missouri
Hazelwood
Raymore

Nebraska
Bellevue
Bennnington

Nevada
Henderson
Las Vegas

New Hampshire
Amherst
Belmont
Exeter
Manchester
Merrimack
Nashua
Plaistow

New Jersey
Bloomfield
Metuchen
Monroe
Mullica Hill
Neptune
Princeton

New York
Auburn
Brooklyn
Great Neck
Levittown
Millbrook
Nack
New York
Riverhead
Southampton
Tappen
Troy
Utica
Valley Cottage
White Plains

North Carolina
Cary
Charlotte
Edenton
Hayesville
Morganton

Ohio
Akron
Alexandria
Blue Ash
Cincinnati
Dayton
Fairfield
Lancaster
Stow
Swanton

Oregon
Ashland
Aurora
Dallas
Grove
Portland
West Linn

Pennsylvania
Abington
Doylestown
Farrell
Greenville
Levittown
Morrisville
Philadelphia
Plymouth Meeting
Phoenixville
Royersford
Ulysses
West Grove

South Carolina

Columbia
Greer
Rapid City
Rock Hill

South Dakota
Gettysburg
Madison

Tennessee
Murfreesboro
Ten Mile

Texas
Austin
Bastrop
Cypress
Dallas
Friendswood
Garland
Georgetown
Grand Prairie
Houston
Katy
Lake Worth
Lindale
McKinney
Pearland
Richmond
Sugar Land

Utah
Farmington
Logan

Vermont
St. Johnsbury

Virginia
Arlington
Ashland
Dublin
Glen Allen
Henrico
Herndon
Natural Burg
Norfolk
Sterling
Virginia Beach

Washington
Battle Ground
DuPont
Everett
Federal Way
Kirkland
Lynnwood
Seattle
Vancouver

West Virginia
Huntington

Wisconsin
Appleton
De Pere
East Troy
Madison
Menomonee Falls

List as of 9/11/13

Associations:

Insulin for Life began in Australia in 1986 by Ron Raab, who had been witness to the dreadful effects of untreated diabetes. He founded the non-profit organization as a means to make use of otherwise unneeded insulin.

Insulin for Life (headquartered in Melbourne, Australia) has been continually growing and now has distribution centers across the world. These include:

  • Diabetes Auckland, Insulin Zum Leben (Austria)
  • Insulin Zum Leben (Germany)
  • Insulin for Life Netherlands
  • Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust (United Kingdom)

Insulin for Life USA is also tied with many “sister” organizations with respect to continual cooperative agreements.  These would include, but not be limited to:

  • Life for a Child (Australia)
  • HOPE worldwide
  • The Australian Diabetes Council
  • International Diabetes Federation
  • International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD)
  • AYUDA
  • International Insulin Federation

Volunteers:

We are an organization dependent on the time of our volunteers.  Everyone, in their own way, can make a difference.

Dustin Blanton – Graphic arts and Facilities maintenance
Robert Camacho – Facilities maintenance
Tamir Ellis – Organizational development
Sharon Eyman – Graphic arts
Holly Franklin – Graphic arts
Olivia Hanson – Inventory processing and preparation of shipment
Kieran McGrail – Facilities maintenance
Sean McGrail – Facilities maintenance
Jeremy Mobley – Graphic arts
Patrick Rowe – Facilities maintenance
Clive Wasserfall – Facilities maintenance
Richard and Marge Wilcox – Inventory processing
Reghan Young – Inventory processing and preparation of shipment

Shipment has been received in Ghana

We are pleased to report that a recent shipment of supplies has been successfully received in Ghana.  Our partnership supports the program offered by the Catholic Hospital at Apam, in the central region of Ghana.


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The donated insulin, syringes, test strips, meters and Glucagon kits equip the staff of the hospital to provide diabetes treatment to those in the local area.

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Pictured here is a patient from Gomoa Mankessim, a suburb in the Apam area.  This patient is pregnant and requires the insulin received from IFL to replace her oral hyoglcaemic drugs.

Thank you for your support which enables Insulin for Life USA and the Catholic Hospital of Apam to partner together making a difference in the lives of those living with diabetes.