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Helping to build a sense of community around Diabetes.

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Summer
Camperships

The Jim’s Team 4 Diabetes will be sponsoring a select number of kids across the USA to attend summer camp that is specific for Type 1 Diabetic youths at NO COST.

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Student
Scholarships

Jim’s Team 4 Diabetes offers College Scholarships up to $1,000 for kids with Type 1 Diabetes. To be eligible, the applicant must be a senior student attending high school in the USA that will graduate in 2025.

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Financial
Aid

For our friends in the Diabetes Community seeking support as part of our Foundation’s Financial Aid program, please click the link below and review the qualifying guidelines in the Application Form.
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Eat With A Purpose

MONDAY, April 10 | 11:00 AM -2:00 AM

TheBarrel House| 4701East54th Street,Sioux Falls
 
Help support Jim's Team and the Sioux Empire Diabetes Community led by Jim Loria, former Sioux Falls Stampede, Storm & Canaries Sports Team Executive!
 
The Barrel House will DONATE 10% of their sales ALL DAY! Modern Woodmen will MATCH the first $500 raised!
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GROWING UP TYPE ONE DIABetes 

One of our goals with the Jim’s Team is to create more awareness about Type One Diabetes and bring to the forefront how crippling, costly, dangerous and life-changing this disease can be for a young child or teenager. 

With our first-ever segment, we want to introduce to our viewers, 18-year-old AJ Heimann from Germantown, Illinois. He is a recent high school graduate (May, 2022) who was first diagnosed with Type One Diabetes at age 11. Some of the difficulties he has encountered in his seven years since includes:

  • Taking a dose of insulin, by needle, on average seven times a day (2,500 shots in a calendar year)
  • Woken out of bed to low and high blood sugar alarms several times each week. 
  • Restricted from spending the night at other kid's houses.
  • Since the onset of T1D, diagnosed with Thyroid Disease, Celiac Disease, and High Blood Pressure. 
  • On a yearly basis, schedules four diabetes, two celiac, and one thyroid checkup with specialized doctors.
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OUR
MISSION

Jim’s Team 4 Diabetes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Foundation created by its namesake (Jim Loria) after being diagnosed with Late Onset Type 1 Diabetes on June 11, 2021 at the age of 66. A sports team marketing professional for over 40 years, Jim has devoted much of his personal time and energy throughout his career to helping raise well over a million dollars from several hundred’s of charitable events across the country that assisted local organizations and individual families in need wherever his job brought him.

Seeing first hand the many life changes and challenges that Diabetes presents on a daily basis, Jim has embraced this new “calling in life” and plans to use his passion for charitable service to help others in need that are affected by this disease that has no known cure.

Fast
Facts

FAST FACTS ON DIABETES

WHAT IS TYPE 1 DIABETES?

  • Means insulin dependency for life
  • Diagnosed at any age
  • Threatens devastating complications
  • Demands meticulous planning to avoid life-threatening situations

WHAT TYPE 1 DIABETES IS NOT?

  • A lifestyle disease
  • Something you outgrow
  • Contagious
  • Caused by sugar
  • Preventable
  • Curable (yet)

(Source: BeyondType1.org)

OUR
PURPOSE

To help support families across the country where possible that often cannot afford the cost of their Diabetic equipment and supplies. To provide college scholarships for high school seniors living with Type 1 Diabetes that seek to advance their education at a 2-or-4-year college and or trade school within the USA. As well, to provide Free Summer Camperships for T1D kids.

The Jim’s Team will also look to help support programs in U.S. cities that fill a critical need for Diabetes.

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JIM'S
STORY

I will never forget the date of June 11, 2021. It was the day my body felt like it was failing me and I was not prepared to hear the words my family doctor would tell me within an hour of my arrival at the Allina Health Clinic in Blaine, Minnesota. Words that I had Type 1 Diabetes.

I sat there stunned in silence. Even my doctor didn’t know quite what to make of my situation? He informed me that my Blood Sugar levels were off the charts and had surpassed the highest levels the clinic’s lab could even detect. I would be told my level measured 454 at the time and my A1C tested out at 11.3. My internal organs – pancreas, gallbladder, liver, and kidneys – were on the verge of shutting down and each elevated 2-to-3 times their normal levels.

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