Our Mission

The mission of Marjorie’s Fund is to empower adolescents and adults living with type 1 diabetes in resource poor settings to not only survive their diagnosis, but to effectively control their diabetes and to thrive into adulthood. The projects that Marjorie’s Fund supports will focus on three aims

  1. EDUCATION: To promote education toward preventing health complications associated with poorly-controlled type 1 diabetes.
  2. RESOURCES: To assist adolescents and adults with type 1 diabetes currently residing in resource poor settings obtain access to sustainable sources of  insulin, glucose testing supplies and a lifestyle conducive to tight control of diabetes.
  3. RESEARCH: To support research of understudied populations aimed at improving the epidemiology of type 1 diabetes, and toward the prevention, treatment and cure of type 1 diabetes.

 

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Marjorie’s Story

Marjorie was 3 years old when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and just 29 years old when she died, having succumbed to diabetes-related kidney failure. Unlike so many people with type 1 diabetes in Uganda and other parts of the developing world, Marjorie was one of the lucky ones.

Marjorie had been provided enough insulin and glucose testing supplies to allow her to survive. Yet, Uganda is starved for resources that would have allowed Marjorie to keep her blood sugar levels under good enough control to avoid diabetic complications.

While she awaited a kidney transplant – a treatment she never received – Marjorie relied on weekly dialysis treatments to stay alive. More »

Why We Are Needed

Type 1 diabetes can be a killer. This “sweet” disease, first recognized by an excess of sugar in the urine of affected patients, is anything but. It is an auto immune disease that can result in uncontrollable blood sugar levels that may lead to debilitation, organ failure, and death.

Patients survive by being diagnosed early and educated to check their blood sugars with fingersticks, inject themselves with insulin, and to maintain healthy lifestyles. In resource poor settings, however, simple blood tests, basic medications, and ongoing education and medical oversight are severely lacking and type 1 diabetes is frequently a death sentence.

Without better resources, more patients like Marjorie will survive into adulthood, only to suffer and inevitably die from the many complications associated with late diagnosis and poor diabetes control.

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