Blair County Nonprofit of the Month

Name: Blair Type 1 Diabetes Foundation (BT1DF)

Years in existence: Two years

Employees: All volunteers

Type of non-profit: Charitable nonprofit organization created to support cure-based research for Type 1 diabetes and those living with or caring for someone with Type 1 diabetes.

Populations served: Blair County and all T1D families that we encounter through social media.

Areas of focus: Raising funds for cure-based research for Type 1 diabetes (T1D)

What services or programs does your non-profit provide? We provide community support and resources for T1D families; educate and raise awareness about T1D; and hold an annual fundraiser to support cure-based research and provide scholarships for kids with T1D to go to diabetes camp.

Upcoming event(s): The annual gala at the Casino at Lakemont Park on Feb. 23, 2019.

Additional information: BT1DF was started in 2016 by Dr. Jill Blescia and Susan Pohl. We started this nonprofit to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes because we both have daughters living with this disease. To date, we have donated $54,000.00 to Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Mass., designated specifically for T1D cure-based research. Additionally, in 2018, we awarded a $500 scholarship to a local child to attend the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Courage.

Contact information: BT1DF, P.O. Box 3052, Altoona, PA 16603

Website(s): www.BT1DF.org or www.facebook.com

/blairT1Df

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