We had a fantastic time celebrating those living with diabetes on July 25 at 2020 Oregon Tour de Cure! Even though we didn't host a traditional in-person event, our virtual event gave our community a chance to participate with other people across the country – keeping safe distancing rules in place, of course! The 2020 Oregon Tour de Cure had over 200 riders, walkers, and runners registered that raised over $108,000 to support diabetes research, prevention initiatives, and programs to help people living with the disease.
Our wildly popular camps for children with type 1 diabetes also went virtual this year. ADA Imagine Camp was hosted in two online virtual sessions over the summer. Campers received a camp activity box delivered directly to their doorstep at no cost to families. Campers participated in a series of online activities, which featured Rob Howe (“Diabetics Doing Things”) in partnership with Beyond Type 1. Online programming also featured weekly leadership and adventure series, and “Cabin Time” with their peers which included ice breakers, nutrition games, diabetes trivia, and storytelling/dancing.
Due to Imagine Camp’s success, we have also decided to offer our type 2 diabetes prevention program, Project Power, for kids as a virtual program as well. Children learn healthy lifestyle behaviors in an effort to curb T2D later in life and prevent childhood obesity. This is the first time the program will be offered here in Oregon. Imagine Project Power will operate much like ADA Imagine Camp – free activity boxes will be delivered to their doorsteps with supplementary programming available online. Session 1 begins October 13 and registration is now open at diabetes.org/projectpower
Our COVID-19 response carries on: people with diabetes are an at-risk population group for developing serious complications should they contract COVID-19. An estimated 40% of the deaths resulting from COVID-19 have been people living with diabetes and a person with diabetes is twice as likely to die from COVID-19. We have been doing a lot of work in advocacy to ensure the safety of people with diabetes during this pandemic, including advocating for $0 insulin co-pays for the duration of the pandemic and expanding COVID-19 testing in underserved communities. Diabetes.org/coronavirus has resources and information for patients and their families. Most recently, we published “Safe at School” guides for parents who are considering sending their children back to school, as well as a guide for how people with diabetes can safely vote in the upcoming election.