Diabetes Foundation (CDF) began in 1977 shortly after the youngest
daughter of Barbara and Marvin Davis was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. When
Mrs. Davis called her husband from pediatrician Jules Amer’s office, Mr. Davis’
first words were “fix it!” Thus began a journey that has led to undreamed of
strides in diabetes care and research over the decades to follow.
that time the family lived in Colorado, but there was no facility in the Rocky
Mountain region specifically for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Mr. and Mrs.
Davis flew their daughter to the Joslin Clinic in Boston and were impressed by
Joslin’s specialized care and the kindness of their staff. Mrs. Davis was
inspired to take action.
the plane ride home she began formulating her vision to create a center in
Denver for children with diabetes: the center would be for all children with
this disease; no child would be turned away due to inability to pay; the center
would have the best from the world of medicine and science.
was her vision and it has all come to pass. Marvin Davis gave $1.5 million to
build the center asking that it be named the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood
Diabetes to honor his wife. The University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital
Colorado have both supported the work of the foundation and the center since
Barbara Davis stated at the Center’s dedication ceremony that the Children’s
Diabetes Foundation “is based on love and caring and that strong base will help
us to continue to live, to share, to build and to learn.”
mission of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation is solely to fund programs of
clinical care, research and education at the Barbara Davis Center. Mrs. Davis
envisioned the CDF logo while watching her daughter ride a carousel horse. The
logo symbolizes a child with diabetes riding the carousel, reaching for the
brass ring – the cure. Today the Barbara Davis Center cares for more than 6,000
children and adults from across the nation and around the world.
Davis began fundraising with a passion in 1977 and continues to do so to this
day. With her incredible talent for bringing people together, she has garnered
the support of corporations and individuals from Denver, Hollywood, New York
and worldwide. More than $75 million has been raised since 1978 from The
Carousel Ball, The Carousel of Hope and other events and programs of the CDF to
help sustain the important and life-saving care, research and education
programs at the BDC.
The Guild of the Childrens’s Diabetes Foundation,
founded in 1979, also offers BDC a broad range of support. This dedicated
volunteer support group provides patients and their families assistance in
times of dire need through Helping Hands, gives scholarships to BDC patients,
provides community and state-wide diabetes awareness and sponsors events such
as the acclaimed Brass Ring Luncheon and Fashion Show, the High Hopes Golf
Tournament and an annual diabetes-friendly Halloween party for BDC youngsters.
more information, please visit the Children’s Diabetes Foundation website at http://www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org/
Children's Diabetes Foundation also publishes several different materials to
help educate patients and their families. Please visit the CDF Publications
page for more information: