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First Annual Help a Diabetic Child Foundation coming to University Park on Oct 2nd!

Help A Diabetic Child Foundation (HADC), a not-for-profit public charity dedicated to helping families and individuals who are dealing with diabetes, is partnering with Drive for Diabetes Awareness (DFDA) to host its First Annual Charity Golf Event on Saturday, October 2nd at University Park Country Club.

All proceeds from the event go to help underserved children in the community who have Type 1 diabetes and cannot afford their lifesaving insulin and diabetes medical supplies.

“The rising cost of insulin has made it more difficult for us to provide local diabetic kids with the insulin & medical supplies they require,” said Tami Balavage, Founder/President for Help A Diabetic Child Foundation. “We hope that this event will enable us to continue to assist those many children and families who, through no fault of their own, are left behind.”

For the event to be a success, Help A Diabetic Child Foundation is seeking community support with players and sponsors. The cost to participate as a player is $100 per person.

A wide range of sponsorships with a variety of benefits are currently available, from just $500 to $3,000 for The Lacy Kuehl Sponsorship. This top sponsorship includes three hours with NASCAR youth driver Lacy Kuehl and her 1937 Ford Legend car with Ketone and Lil Gator, a video ad for your business, social media opportunities, your businesses’ logo on Kuehl’s car for the 2022 season, one hole sponsorship and more.

The tournament begins with registration at 12:30 p.m. followed by a shot gun scramble start at 1 p.m. To register, visit Additional information is available by sending an email to [email protected] or calling Balavage at 239-821-5051.

Based in Sarasota, DFDA is a non-profit organization with the mission of educating the public on the symptoms and dangers of unknown or untreated diabetes, particularly in young children. It was started by Brent Kuehl and his family after his son lost his life to type 1 diabetes due to being misdiagnosed with a virus. The partnership with Help A Diabetic Child Foundation will further educate the public on the early warning signs of Type 1 diabetes.

Founded in 2010, Help A Diabetic Child Foundation was started by Tami Balavage in Naples after her 16-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It quickly became evident that there was a significant number of children who were unable to get adequate medical supplies for blood glucose testing and insulin injections, which must be done multiple times daily. Without the adequate insulin, a child can only survive a few days.

Statistics show that the number of Americans being diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise at alarming rates. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports that almost 10% of the population has diabetes, while another 8 million are undiagnosed. In addition, the ADA reports that 86 million Americans over the age of 20 years have pre-diabetes.

To learn more about the Help A Diabetic Child Foundation or to support its mission of providing life-saving supplies and services, visit online at