Southern Alberta

Contact Us:

#300, 1725 – 10th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T3C 0K1
Phone: 403-255-7100 | Toll-Free: 1-877-287-3533 | Fax: 403-253-6683
calgary@jdrf.ca


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Upcoming Local Events

  • October 18, 2018 - JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes

 

2018 Revolution Ride

A great way to build team spirit and have fun for a good cause, the JDRF Revolution Ride is a unique fast-paced stationary cycling event. Close to a hundred teams of 5 register, raise pledges and take turns on a stationary bike for 7 minutes per rider. The festive and inspiring atmosphere features fantastic music, friendly competition and fabulous prizes. For more information, please contact Katie Von Hansen or 403-255-7100.

Visit Revolution Ride to register

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Shaw Birdies For Kids Presented by AltaLink

Birdies for Kids makes your donations go even further with matching up to 50%!

JDRF is proud to announce that we have once again been selected for the Birdies for Kids Program, presented by AltaLink! Birdies for Kids is a non-profit program that is run within the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation which was formed in conjunction with the Shaw Charity Classic Golf Tournament. The motto for the tournament’s charitable efforts is “Helping Kids, Changing Lives”.

Through JDRF’s participation in the Birdies for Kids program, the foundation has the ability to engage the community, create awareness during the tournament and most importantly, raise funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Through the Birdies for Kids program, not only are all the administrative costs covered by the Shaw Charity Classic Tournament so 100% of the funds raised go directly to T1D research but donations will be matched up to 50% by the Shaw Charity Classic Foundation!

To make a donation to Birdies for Kids on JDRF’s behalf, CLICK HERE.

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Community Engagement

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 loved one of an individual 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, your child, or loved one from living a full and active life. As time goes by, everyone will gain knowledge, confidence, and be able to celebrate successes, learn from mistakes, and move away from the intense feelings that are common after diagnosis. 

Until there is a cure, we want to provide information that will help you cope with the burdens that T1D can impose, and take advantage of the help that is presently available. For more information please contact us at calgary@jdrf.ca.

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 us at calgary@jdrf.ca or 403-255-7100

TrialNet

TrialNet is an international consortium dedicated to advancing the science of prevention and early treatment to preserve residual insulin secretion in type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Natural History Studies are being conducted to learn more about what causes T1D and to find out what might predict the development of the disease. These studies provide close monitoring to individuals "at risk" for developing T1D. Individuals at greater risk may be offered an opportunity to participate in a prevention study.

Screening involves a simple blood test to look for diabetes-related autoantibodies that may appear years before T1D develops. Relatives of individuals with T1D have an approximate 3% - 4% chance of having autoantibodies in their blood associated with T1D. We encourage you to participate in the study if you are able. 

For eligibility and more information, please visit: www.diabetestrialnet.org.

Mentorship Program

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 what they can do to 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 health care 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 health care professionals.

For more information, please contact Katie Von Hansen or 403-255-7100.

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Volunteers

We are always looking for good people to help with a variety of fundraising events and office assistance! If you are interested in volunteering with JDRF please contact our office at calgary@jdrf.ca or 403-255-7100.

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Ways You Can Donate

Donate A Car Canada

Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for the JDRF Canada. We provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate you RV, boat, motorcycle, or other vehicle to JDRF through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled, or sold at auction depending on its condition, age, and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for your charity to benefit. After your vehicle donation is complete, JDRF will send you a tax receipt within 45 days. 

For more information please contact calgary@jdrf.ca or 403-255-7100.

Memorials & 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 calgary@jdrf.ca or 403-255-7100.

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. JDRF Calgary is an official drop off location for your unneeded supplies. Donations can be made at JDRF's office anytime Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. 

For more information visit Insulin for Life or contact our office at 403-255-7100.

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Third Party Events

Are you ready to organize your own fundraising event for JDRF or simply have a creative 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 more information on how to get started on all types of third party JDRF fundraisers, everything from bake sales to golf tournaments, please contact Pam Aldred

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JDRF Staff

Duane Schreiner - Regional Manager, Alberta & NWT - dshreiner@jdrf.ca

Pam Aldred - Senior Fundraising Coordinator - paldred@jdrf.ca

Katie Von Hansen - Senior Peer-to-Peer Fundraising & Community Engagement Coordinator - kvonhansen@jdrf.ca

Erin McCaffrey - Fundraising Assistant - emccaffrey@jdrf.ca

Ciara Cowden - Fundraising Assistant - Summer Student - ccownden@jdrf.ca

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Lets turn type one into type none