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Welcome to The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi

Our mission is simple—we save lives every day! The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi (DFM) is the state's premier nonprofit health organization working to prevent diabetes and associated complications as well as work to improve the lives of every child, adult, and every family touched by type 1 or type 2 diabetes. We accomplish this through education, support, advocacy, medical assistance and research.                                  Read More 

Camp Kandu - Fall 2022  - December 3-4

Twin Lakes Camp and Conference Center

Camp Kandu – a place where kids with diabetes ‘Kandu’ anything!  Children with diabetes are just like any other children, with the exception they have to pay particular attention to their medication, eating habits, and blood sugar, and Camp Kandu emphasizes their ability to live healthy lives while making friends with other children who share similar experiences.

Camp participants – parents and children alike – learn about diabetes management, including the importance of healthy meal planning, exercising regularly, and monitoring blood glucose levels.

As one of the signature services offered by the DFM, Camp Kandu gets its name from a “can-do” attitude, as that’s what gives people the ability to do anything, even those of us with diabetes. Camp Kandu seeks to inspire children to live their lives to the fullest, while remaining active and healthy. The camp’s weekend activities are testament to the children’s bustling, excited, and vivacious personalities. Participants may do anything from tie-dying T-shirts, taking karate lessons, painting pottery, hula-hoop contests, or even relay games - and that's just the tip of the iceberg!

Camp Kandu works its magic as our kids (and parents) make lasting friendships with others just like themselves. Some of our first campers and their families now act as counselors for the next generation.


Bacchus Ball Saturday February 4, 6:30 PM

"Laissez les bon temps rouler!" 2023 Bacchus Chairs, Mike & Manisha Patel and Co-Chairs, Brian & Rachel Lott, invite you to come be a part of the incredible Bacchus Ball on Saturday, February 4 at the Country Club of Jackson as the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi rolls out the Mardi Gras carpet for Bacchus Ball 2023! Originally organized by the late Warren and Elsie Hood, the party has grown each year and is the grandest of galas. It caters to those who enjoy the pure magic of Mardi Gras!

Wear your finest and bring your dancing shoes as Dr. Zarr's Amazing Funk Monster wows you with a dazzling display of musical talent that will leave you dancing all night! Bid on incredible artwork, jewelry, sports memorabilia, and amazing deals from the Jackson area and beyond as part of the silent and live auctions.
Held every year during Carnival Season, the Bacchus Ball is a way to showcase and celebrate the South's most legendary holiday, while benefiting Mississippi's only diabetes organization caring for every child, every adult, and every family affected by diabetes. Money raised at Bacchus Ball will support Camp Kandu, the Diabetes Foundation's biannual camp for children with diabetes and their families, as well as provide life-saving medications to individuals who have diabetes and no health insurance. Click the link to purchase tickets online or call our office at 601-957-7878 to purchase over the phone and for any questions you may have!
**The DFM will be following all CDC guidelines.

 


   Uninsured?  

If you are uninsured and need a hand with your diabetes care, our Helping Hands program may be able to assist for a month and guide you toward longer term help.

Click for resources such as Mississippi food banks, emergency preparedness, etc.


*THE DFM WILL FOLLOW ALL CDC GUIDELINES AT OUR EVENTS TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19*


COVID-19 and Diabetes

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