The #TGHPurposeProgram was created to help families with different challenges associated with diabetes. My brother was diagnosed at 14 with T1D (Type 1 Diabetes). The changes that our family went through were significant; my parents sacrificed their personal “wants” to ensure my brother had everything he needed to live with T1D. After this life-altering experience, I felt compelled to help other families. I vowed to create a nonprofit organization to help families with the financial challenges brought on by diabetes. It has taken 11 years to see this dream come true. Alongside my board members, Gisel Garrido and Madelin Alfonso, we have given life to “The Gingerbread House”. Our main purpose is to assist families touched by diabetes, while providing awareness of the challenges of T1D. This is the reason for our “Purpose” program. We are extremely proud to announce our first recipient, Jenny. In June 2018, due to T1D complications, Jenny endured an enucleation (eye removal), causing a long recovery process, creating a challenging financial crisis for her and her two children. Through fundraising efforts, TGH was able to assist her in a financial capacity.
In 2017, we introduced the #TGHHealthInitiative. The TGH water campaign encouraged our community to partake in different events where we added fun activities, while providing education. A personal favorite was water pong; it was a creative way to incorporate drinking more water, while generating funds. During these activities and events, we encouraged our supporters to drink more water. During the hot summer months, TGH donated water to several local summer camps. https://instagram.com/p/BWxnwjVhQ0A/
TGH compassion reaches far and wide. Although our main purpose is to help those families affected by diabetes, we definitely feel the need to help others. In 2017, Hurricane Maria struck the island of Puerto Rico. The #TGHGivesBack program was created. A contribution was made to help families in need. We look forward to continuing to assist those less fortunate.
#TGHScholars is a program to help T1D students head off to college. Although we are still working out the details, we anticipate implementing this program. It will help parents with their T1D students make sure their transition from childhood to adulthood is as seamless as possible with regards to their Diabetes management.