D.R.E.A.M.’s mission is to fund research and educational projects to discover a cure for diabetes.
D.R.E.A.M. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to raising money for diabetes research, with several key objectives:
- Seek contributions through fundraising activities
- Support research to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes
- Educate the public about the growing epidemic of Type 1 Diabetes
D.R.E.A.M. has partnered with the University of Michigan to fund cutting-edge research programs at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
Diabetes is a chronic, debilitating disease affecting every organ system.
There are two major types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Type 1 diabetes usually strikes in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood, but lasts a lifetime. People with Type 1 diabetes must take multiple injections of insulin daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump just to survive.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which a person's body still produces insulin, but is unable to use it effectively. Type 2 is usually diagnosed in adulthood and does not always require insulin injections. However, increased obesity has led to a recent rise in cases of Type 2 diabetes in young adults.
Taking insulin does not cure any type of diabetes nor prevent the possibility of its eventual and devastating effects: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputation, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.
The reality is that there is no known cure as of today for diabetes. D.R.E.A.M. has been formed to raise money for the research that is desperately needed to find a cure and help the millions of people who suffer with this disease.
- Over 25 million Americans have diabetes
- 18.8 million people have been diagnosed
- 7 million people have not yet been diagnosed
- As many as 3 million Americans may have Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 1 Diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In Type 1 Diabetes , the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life
- Diabetes currently affects 246 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 380 million people by 2025
- In the U.S., a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 30 seconds; more than 1.9 million people are diagnosed each year
*Source: American Diabetes Association