TCOYD Champion: John Kamp

Dr. John Kamp was diagnosed with diabetes on his way to Vietnam, and the diagnosis may have saved his life. He became a base reporter and newspaper editor, and then spent a large part of his career working for the Coalition for Healthcare Communication in Washington, DC. He discovered TCOYD relatively recently, but has already become a champion for the power of taking control.

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TCOYD Champion: Bob Alden

One of Bob Alden’s greatest passions is volunteering, and he’s logged over 9,000 hours since the catalyst that got him going on this path. He doesn’t have diabetes, but he’s been supporting TCOYD for years, and we’ve been lucky enough to have him on our volunteer team, greeting people at our conferences with his outgoing personality and welcoming smile.

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TCOYD Champion: Mike Step

Mike Step dedicated the majority of his career to working for companies that developed diabetes medications because of his enduring passion for improving diabetes treatments. He and his mom continue their mission to help people with diabetes through their generous support of TCOYD.

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A Daughter’s Tribute

Barbara Laskaris’ relationship with her father introduced her to TCOYD many years ago when she was looking for ways to help him with the challenges of living with diabetes. Seeing his struggle made her feel even more strongly about the importance of diabetes education. She’s now raising funds in his honor, and she shares the indelible legacy he’s left behind.

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A Life-Saving Insulin Donation

The stresses of life during COVID-19 are difficult enough, but imagine having type 1 diabetes and having to ration your insulin on top of everything else. A mother and son share their experience negotiating their healthcare challenges, and receive a donation of insulin and supplies from the Helmsley Foundation and TCOYD.

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