Message From The Chair

Providing Hope Today to Build a
Brighter Future for Youth living with Diabetes

Dear Family and Friends,

As Diabetes Awareness Month is upon us, we at DHF proudly celebrate the resilience of our transitioning youth living with diabetes. For 24 years, Diabetes Hope Foundation has provided financial, emotional, peer and mentoring resources and tools for today’s youth living with diabetes. None of this would be possible without the support of our valuable donors, our Board of Directors, our Scholarship Advisory Committee, healthcare partners and most of all, our dedicated alumni, who continually pay it forward for those who follow in their footsteps.

“Surviving and Thriving” during COVID-19 these past 3 years has been challenge for everyone and we know it’s a stressful time right now as we all adjust to the new norm. How we work, how our children are educated, how we interact and support each other, and how we advocate for the mental health and safety of ourselves and our loved ones have all been impacted.

Amidst these immense challenges, DHF is committed to continue pursuing our mission. Our focus remains the same and we will be there for youth in transition every step of the way. We are thankful to our healthcare partners who play an integral role in ensuring that our programs and initiatives reach the diabetes community when services and access to support is otherwise not available to them.

With our 2023 Scholarship applications now open, we look forward to next year as Diabetes Hope Foundation will be celebrating the milestone 25th Anniversary of our signature Scholarship Program. In May 2023, we are excited to bring together all the supporters and champions of DHF to mark this momentous occasion and to celebrate the resilience of our alumni, then and now.

We are also thrilled to announce the launch of our new Transition MOBILE APP and updates to our existing Transition Guide, as well as the relaunch of our HOPE Connects mentorship program for university diabetes clubs across the country.

As we look back over the years, DHF has helped thousands of youth throughout their transitional years, and it has prompted us to also look ahead to the future direction of the Foundation as we begin our strategic planning process.

The COVID crisis has exacerbated and heightened the need for support programs not available to these youth and their families, and in response, mental health and diabetes have become a focal point for DHF. Our goal is to expand and grow our mental health programming in the immediate future.

We also remain committed to assisting youth who struggle to cope with a confusing and fragmented service system through mentorship programming, awareness building, and further education.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all our partners and healthcare teams for believing in what we do and for helping us to make a difference in the lives of todays’ transitioning youth living with diabetes.

Our kids are our future and your help is needed now more than ever. We invite you to take a few moments to visit our website and consider supporting the important work that we do.


Wishing you all health and happiness in the coming year.


Barbara Pasternak M.S.M.

Barbara Pasternak
Founder & Chair
Diabetes Hope Foundation