Central Alberta

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Located in Red Deer
Please mail all correspondance to our Edmonton office
17312-107 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta

Tel: 780-887-3722 | Fax: 780-428-0348

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2019 Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 
Parkland Mall


The 2019 Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF is a high-energy stationary cycling event taking place in cities across Canada. This event will challenge Canadians to raise critical funds for type 1 diabetes research and pedal for a cure. You can participate as an individual or part of a team and put your physical fitness to the test to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Rally with us to help create a world without T1D. Together, we will continue to fund the brightest minds in T1D research and help turn type one into type none.

Interested in participating in this year's Ride on October 2, 2019? Click here to register today!

For more information please contact Janelle Spady or 780-887-3722


Thank you Red Deer walkers!

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Connect Over Coffee

Join us in Clearview (east side of Red Deer) to connect over coffee with other T1D parents or caregivers at our monthly coffee meet up - Third Sunday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Please note that we ask you not to bring your children so that everyone is free to speak about the highs and lows of living with T1D.

Please click here for more information. Connect over Coffee will resume after summer holidays on September 15th, 2019.

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Community Engagement & Newly Diagnosed

Support for Newly Diagnosed

A new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (T1D) can trigger a range of reactions, including anger, sadness and guilt. Whatever your feelings, they are normal and you are not alone. 

Life with T1D can pose challenges for every member of the family. Whether you have T1D yourself, are the parent or have a loved one with T1D, it takes time to adapt to the day-to-day demands of diabetes. Treatment options are improving all the time, and T1D does not need to prevent you or your child or loved one from living a full and active life. As time goes by, everyone will gain knowledge and confidence, and be able to celebrate successes, learn from mistakes, and move away from the intense feelings common immediately after diagnosis. 

Until there is a cure, we want to provide information that will help you cope with the burdens T1D can impose, and take advantage of the help that is presently available. For more information, please contact Janelle Spady or 780-887-3722.

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Bag of Hope

JDRF’s Bag of Hope program is a free resource which provides information and support to families with children who are newly diagnosed with T1D. The Bag of Hope is filled with relevant diabetes education materials and supportive materials. If your child is 12 years or younger, you will also receive a Rufus Bear. This bear with diabetes is designed to help little ones cope and learn about insulin injections.

In addition to the Bag of Hope, you will automatically receive JDRF's newsletter to keep you abreast of JDRF’s efforts to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. You can request your Bag of Hope by clicking here. 

For more information please contact Janelle Spady or 780-887-3722.

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Apply for A Mentor

Through our mentorship program, families and individuals touched by diabetes, can be paired with a trained mentor - someone who has experienced the challenges of being newly diagnosed. Family Mentors can provide information about diabetes resources and educate families about how they can help find a cure. Our mentorship program is free of charge and membership never expires! 

Please note: our team can only share their personal experiences with you. We are not healthcare professionals and are unable to provide medical advice. The information provided by our team is not intended to take the place of medical advice, for which you should consult your doctor or other healthcare professionals.

For more information please contact Janelle Spady or 780-887-3722.

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We are always looking for good people to help with a variety of fundraising events. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Janelle Spady or 780-887-3722.

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Ways You Can Donate

ADESA Auctions

When you donate your RV, boat, motorcycle, or other vehicle to JDRF, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age, and location. After your vehicle donation is complete, JDRF will send you a charitable tax receipt. For more information, please contact Janelle Spady or 780-887-3722.

Memorials and Tributes Program

Honour someone you love or remember someone you miss by supporting the vital research needed to find a cure for T1D and its complications. Cards will be sent to next of kin or honoree with your personalized message. 

For more information, please contact Janelle Spady or 780-887-3722.

Insulin for Life Canada

Do you have extra or unneeded insulin, test strips, or syringes? Consider donating them to Insulin for Life - a not for profit organization that distributes diabetes supplies to developing countries in need. Contact Janelle Spady at 780-887-3722 to arrange a drop off for your unopened and unexpired supplies. 

For more information visit Insulin for Life or contact our office at 780-887-3722.

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Third-Party Events

Plan or Join a Community Event, Personal Campaign or Challenge Event

Are you ready to organize your own fundraising event for JDRF or simply have a creative fundraising idea in mind? We'd love to hear from you. 

JDRF is grateful for the support of many individuals, schools, and workplaces who organize their own independent fundraisers. 

For information on how to get started on all types of third party JDRF fundraisers, everything from bake sales to golf tournaments, please contact Janelle Spady or 780-887-3722.

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JDRF Central Alberta Staff

Janelle Spady – Peer to Peer Fundraising Coordinator– j[email protected]

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Lets turn type one into type none