The Best Thing about Diabetes is the People

The Best Thing about Diabetes is the People

It’s true. There are actually some GOOD things about diabetes. Without a doubt,  the best thing about diabetes is the people. It is not a club you would voluntarily join but once you are in, you can’t help but feel embraced.

Personally, without the support of the Diabetes Online Community(DOC) in the Houston area, our family would have been completely lost upon our son’s Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Now, as the “experienced” family, we make a huge effort to give back by supporting the Type 1 community.

The Power of People

Here is another good thing about diabetes. There are so many ways to give back. There are numerous non-profits and countless causes  who need our support!

Many have the means and connections to give back financially. Others donate their time. Advocacy efforts can shape the future. It takes an army of passionate people to advocate for the many issues impacting our families.

The power of people is astonishing, especially when we work together.

The best thing about diabetes is the people especially those who helped with disaster relief.


Great volunteers were
the reason 
T1 Team Texas
were a success!
Nicole Barton, Sonya Wooley,
Michelle Kalleson & Kaitlin Bear


The DOC – Diabetes Online Community

We are immensely blessed to live in a world of the DOC. The Diabetes Online Community enables us to create a tighter T1D family, break down barriers, offer support, wisdom and pull together team efforts almost instantly.  A rush to respond is what we experienced when our diabetes community was in turmoil after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Gulf Coast of Texas.

 T1 Team Texas was a grassroots volunteer organization 
established to meet immediate diabetes care needs following
the impact of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

T1 Team Texas – Diabetes Disaster Relief Team

When Kelley Champ Crumpler and I decided we would “do something”, we knew we had the DOC team behind us. We did not ask, we just knew we could make it happen. Almost immediately, Dr. Stephen Ponder joined us and there was no stopping what was started.

The wave of need was great. We had no choice but to deliver!

Our most valuable resource – People!

Seeing what we were able to accomplish was an amazing experience. Although the three of us took the lead, it was clearly a group effort. Our team’s most valuable resource was simple – PEOPLE! Hundreds of people who were willing to donate their time, supplies and efforts. Total PEOPLE POWER!

The diabetes community rallied around Houston but reached more than just our area. Getting supplies out in Houston was just the starting point. The love was felt throughout the entire Gulf Coast region impacted by Harvey’s flooding and devastation. When the call went out, hundreds of donations were sent by individuals eager to help. The notes sent were an encouragement and motivation during this exhausting process.

Kelley Champ Crumpler of T1 Team Texas delivers supplies to Beaumont.

Kelley Champ Crumpler 

used her home as a hub
for diabetes donations. 
She coordinated & organized
thousands of supplies
 T1 Team Texas. 

T1D, Dr. Neil Burrell helped
with allocation of supplies
in the Beaumont area. 

Bound together in crisis

Our diabetes community united to help each other and it was mind boggling. In addition to supplies, we had countless people step forward to deliver those supplies. Some even waded through high water to get to families who had been without insulin for days. Many donated their time to organize supplies or to follow-up with those in need.  People shared whatever they had to help others and they dropped everything to do it.

Type 1 and Type 2 were bound together in this crisis.  If we had what you needed, we did our best to get it to you. The generosity of the diabetes community was so overwhelming we were able to share supplies donated to Houston to those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Marie too.

Your support and love was spread far and wide.  Donations were put to good use and were greatly appreciated wherever they were received.

Dr. Ponder and Anne Imber deliver diabetes supplies to ship to V.I.

Dr. Stephen Ponder continued
to coordinate diabetes supply
donations to the Virgin Islands
following Hurricanes
Irma and Maria.

Dr. Ponder, known for his
Sugar Surfing workshops,
utilized his network of supporters
to access volunteers and donations.

Anne Imber provided supplies
from T1 Team Texas donations.

Spurs NBA star, Tim Duncan provided many trips on his aircraft to provide supplies to the islands.

We are better together

Following the hurricane, we saw major non-profits such as ADA, JDRF and Insulin for Life pull their efforts to become ONE in the efforts to help. Beyond Type 1 was instrumental in sharing this information on their website and social media. T1 Team Texas addressed the immediate critical needs during a catastrophic period. Working together, ALL teams were needed to meet the tremendous need!

What matters most is that we pull together when we need to! A little hurricane…or two… has taught us that!

We, the Diabetes Online Community, are most definitely stronger together!





Families sent notes to T1 Team Texas in the boxes of donations.

Header Image Credit:

T1D Non-profit TheBetesBros delivered supplies gathered in Oklahoma for T1 Team Texas.
Families throughout the U.S. supported our diabetes disaster relief efforts.
Little known fact:  We have no group photos of Dr. Stephen Ponder, Kelley Champ Crumpler & Anne Imber
because we all worked from separate locations throughout our disaster relief efforts.

Written by Anne Imber
published on 10/9/2017 on 

Anne Imber is the mom to a Type 1 Diabetic son diagnosed in 2009. As the Founder of Type 1 To Go Teen, Anne shares her experiences with other Type 1 families regarding many of the non-medical issues that Type 1 Diabetic Teens face. The website provides support materials from her presentations. Anne is also the Co-Founder of Cy Fair Type One Connection, a T1 School Advocacy & Support Group for one of the largest school districts in Texas.

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You can find additional information on the diabetes disaster relief efforts with these organizations.

American Diabetes Association 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 

Insulin for Life has been instrumental in providing insulin following the numerous hurricanes this season.
Please continue to support them with your donations.
Insulin for Life

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