The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading 501(C)3 nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities.
The mission of the Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public. The Association is also actively involved in advocating for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes.
The Association's National Call Center
Over the last year, more than 350,000 people (including nearly 3,000 from North Dakota) contacted the Association with questions and concerns, or to seek support or direction regarding diabetes and its management.
The money raised by the Association funds research, information programs, and advocacy efforts that support the nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. with diabetes.
Founded in 1952, Camp Sioux is a residential camp for children with diabetes ages 8-15. Camp Sioux is held over two one-week sessions each June at Park River Bible Camp in Park River, ND. The purpose of Camp Sioux is threefold: to provide a fun summer camp experience in a safe environment for children with diabetes, to allow children with diabetes the opportunity to meet other children facing the same challenges as them and to educate children with diabetes about self-management of their disease, hopefully leading to the prevention or delay of the many diabetes complications they are at risk for developing, including heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, blindness and lower-limb amputation.
Events & Fund Raising
Each year, the North Dakota/Northwestern Minnesota office of the American Diabetes Association conducts Tour de Cure and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes events throughout North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota, with new events being added each year.