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Small Donors Make Big Impact

Every year, the Barbara Davis Center receives extraordinary support from donors whose lives are touched by diabetes. Small donations come from friends, parents and grandparents, as annual contributions, or in memory of someone who passed due to complications from this debilitating disease. Some recent donations were accompanied by stories that were particularly moving, demonstrating the generosity of spirit within people from all walks of life. 

Alexander Zachary Taylor was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was still a child. The family made frequent trips to the Barbara Davis Center from Greeley, CO to receive care and education in the management of the disease. This past October, while in his last year at Aims Community College in Greeley, CO, Alex was tragically killed in a car-pedestrian accident. Although the family is not wealthy, Alex’s father, Mr. Bruce Taylor donated $1,000 to the Barbara Davis Center in memory of his son, asking that his gift be used to help underpriveleged children receive state-of-the-art diabetes care at the Center. By turning their heartbreaking story into a vessel for positive change, the Taylor family is an inspiration to everyone seeking better treatment and ultimately finding a cure for diabetes. 

Recently, the Barbara Davis Center also received two donations from a completely unexpected source. School children from two Colorado communities opened their hearts and their wallets to collect hundreds of dollars for the Barbara Davis Center.

Dusty LeBeau and Ben Gebhardt of Black Hawk, CO planned a fund raiser at Gilpin Elementary School for their group ‘Cure All Diabetes’. Their well organized campaign included a presentation on the symptoms, treatment, and cost of treating type 1 diabetes. Posters and flyers were placed around the school, donation jars were strategically placed in classrooms and stores around Gilpin County, and a pizza party awarded to the class who raised the most money. Their extraordinary efforts resulted in a donation of $804.70 to the Barbara Davis Center!

In a similar effort, a student from Parker, CO organized a charity drive at her school asking fellow students to open their piggy banks and donate loose change. Students were provided four choices and voted for their favorite charity. Although the Barbara Davis Center did not win, in keeping with her charity theme “everybody is a winner,” this student took $300 from her own savings (!) and distributed it equally to the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, The Kempe Foundation, and The Anchor Center.

Troy and Stephanie Kunau have donated $500 on behalf of Justin Kunau to the Fund to Expand Access for Pediatric Care. More information about this and other opportunities to donate, please visit our Donate Now page.

Our faculty and staff are constantly amazed by the drive and generosity of spirit of these small donors. There is nothing small about their gifts and every donation is vitally important to continuing the research conducted at the center.