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Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is a shock and a life-altering change for kids and their families. Thanks to donors like you, advances in research, specialized care and supportive programs are making this a more manageable disease for patients at CHEO.

Having access to the right tools for diabetes patients can mean a long, healthy and unimpeded life. In addition to investing in their long term health, kids with this disease are being empowered to take ownership of their condition and treatment so that they can live their best life.

Over 800 children and youth are followed in the CHEO Diabetes Clinic yearly. That means thousands of families are able to rely on CHEO’s services because of you. You are a part of the accomplishments and advances made available to diabetes patients at CHEO. From research findings to front line support, your donations are having an enormous impact on patients.

There has been a long-asked research question that has finally been answered: Is it possible to prevent type 1 diabetes by altering the kind of formula that infants are exposed to in the first months of life? After 14 years, following 2,159 children in 15 countries, researchers involved in the Trial to Reduce IDDM in the Genetically at Risk (TRIGR) study conclusively showed that altering the type of protein in infant formula does not affect the risk of developing type 1 diabetes in children who had a family member with the disease. CHEO’s Dr. Margaret Lawson and Brenda Bradley, led the Canadian Coordinating Centre for the 18 TRIGR Canada sites. More than 25 percent of study participants were Canadian. The study’s conclusion provides important guidance for those who are developing infant feeding policy and guidelines. There is no need to develop separate feeding guidelines for infants who may have a genetic predisposition to type 1 diabetes and parents can feed their children the same way as any other infant.

As we continue to work toward a cure, our team is initiating new programs and improving old ones to meet the changing needs of children and teens with type 1 diabetes through research and special programs which are supported by donors. There is no doubt that we would not be able to do this important work without you. Thank you for caring about the health and well-being of children.