Making the best of the COVID-19 situation

July 24, 2020

Sponsored content by Ascensia Diabetes Care Canada Inc.




If on January 1, 2020 you were told that life would change drastically as it has this year, you probably wouldn’t have believed it. However, here we are. The coronavirus pandemic has swept us into an unprecedented global health emergency and forced us to make significant changes to our way of life. The office is now downstairs instead of a short (or long) commute away; the children need to be homeschooled or entertained; and, we no longer have easy access to groceries, family and friends and our favourite restaurants. Is there a silver lining in the dark cloud? Yes, the adoption and a greater appreciation of technology.


With visits to healthcare professionals (HCPs) now mostly virtual, tele-health and Zoom meetings now the norm, there comes a heavier reliance on self-monitoring. For people with diabetes, this is where the benefit of having digital tools, such as an app, starts to become appreciated. Whether you use a blood glucose monitor (BGM) or a continuous glucose monitor(CGM), using a software or an app, such as the CONTOUR®DIABETES App, is a welcome part of the diabetes management jigsaw puzzle.

These technological gems can help you monitor and recognize patterns in your blood glucose levels, which you can share with your HCP.  But that’s not all, apps also alert you about critical highs and lows and advise on how to avoid these and get back into a safe range. Personalized testing schedules based around your daily routines are also provided, and the app can detect patterns in your glucose readings and help identify possible causes behind them.

As the battle with this virus continues, it is important to remember that you are not alone. We are here to support you and help you manage your diabetes effectively. For information about the highly accurate CONTOUR®NEXT family of blood glucose monitors1,2 and test strips and to learn about our CONTOUR®DIABETES App, click here. Remember #togetherwecan!


1. Christiansen, M. P. A New, Wireless-enabled Blood Glucose Monitoring System That Links to a Smart Mobile Device: Accuracy and User Performance Evaluation. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology; 2017,11(3), 567-573.

2. Bernstein, R. et al. A New Test Strip Technology Platform for Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 2013 7(5), 1386-1399.


To our community and our partners: Thank you

July 24, 2020

This past June, we came together and rallied to get loud and raise funds for a world without type 1 diabetes. Despite the physical distance between us, our digital world allowed us to reach out to you through our biggest virtual house party yet – Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF as the JDRF House ParT1D for a Cure, presented by Omnipod.  

Thanks to your incredible support, you helped raise over $2 million dollars for critical funds that will support cutting edge research and meaningful community programming. A HUGE thank you!  

By joining the JDRF House ParT1D for a Cure you helped support breakthroughs that get us closer to a cure and provide hope to the millions affected by this disease. Your fundraising dollars are helping support remarkable research projects, including a 3D-printed bio-artificial pancreas, stem cell technology and transplant advances.   

YOU joined a community dedicated to uniting to support the millions of people living with T1D. And together,  we made a difference.   

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our sponsors, who helped make the House ParT1D a success and allowing us to surpass our fundraising goal. With their support, we were able to offer an incredible day filled with entertainment, celebrities, inspirational stories, research updates from the experts and so much more. 

Thank you to all of our sponsors who allowed us to host Canada’s largest house party turning type one diabetes into type none.  

We are incredibly grateful to our partners, and the entire T1D community for their commitment and support as we work together to move type 1 diabetes research forward faster than ever. All funds will move us further along our journey of uncovering better treatments and cures for those living with T1D and bring us closer to a world without T1D. We can’t wait to see you next year!  

Thank you to our corporate champions…  


BMO JDRF Mastercard  

Capital Ford Lincoln   

Capital GMC Buick Cadillac    



Diabetes Care Guelph   

Dr. Anthony Wiens Medical Corporation   


Gateman Milloy    

Giant Tiger   

Harvard Developments   

James H. Brown   

Lawton Drugs   

Lions Club of Bedford   

Pizza Hut   

Redhead Equipment Ltd.   


Stump Fire Protection  

TD Asset Management   


Universal Collision Centre   


Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation    






Here’s why these families are In to End Diabetes

Here’s why these families are In to End Diabetes 

July 17, 2020

At JDRF our mission is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications through the support of research. Every dollar we are able to direct toward this critical research comes from our donors. Some of them have joined our exclusive giving club In To End Diabetes” by committing to a monthly donation. With their ongoing generosity and dedication to ending T1D,  monthly donors are accelerating the pace of research for this invasive, and demanding disease which affects over 300,000 Canadians – children and adults alike. This month, we wanted to recognize some of our amazing monthly donors and thank them for their support. Their stories will help you understand why they’re In to End Diabetes. Check them out below.

Shelagh. Calgary, AB.

Shelagh’s nine-year-old son Graham was diagnosed with T1D two years ago. After feeling unwell for some time, he was eventually given an official diagnosis and now remains resilient as ever – bearing a tough exterior while rocking his ‘I have diabetes and I’m allowed to have candy’ t-shirt.

“I worry about him all the time,” said Shelagh, who says she’d do anything to take this 24/hour disease away from him and believes that nothing in his life should be restricted because of T1D.

Being a monthly donor for Shelagh means helping kids make this disease livable and manageable, and eventually turning type one into type none. She says aside from the research JDRF avidly funds, JDRF events also keep her son excited, and hopeful.

“The first gala we ever went to was a blast,” she said. “As we were leaving [Graham] turned to us and said ‘See? I told you diabetes can be fun!’”

Jill. Halifax, NS.

Watching her niece deal with the stressors that came with her T1D diagnosis back in 2016 was tough for Jill. Observing how she manages her disease every day, she says, is both inspiring and heartbreaking, and served as a trigger point for Jill to give back in any way that she could.

 “I heard of JDRF through the radio and thought I’d find a way to get involved.” Jill added that monthly donations provide her with the opportunity to regularly fund T1D research for people like her niece.

Jill says she wants to get to a place where her niece could go to bed at night, not having to worry about managing a 24/hour disease. Through monthly donations, she hopes to one day help find a cure for her, and give her a life free of worry.

“JDRF is an international organization – [they’re] all over and working hard to help people who live with type 1…I’ll do anything I can to make her life a little simpler.”

Michelle. Regina, SK.

Several years ago, Michelle used to spend most of her days in the air. She flew as a commercial pilot until she began to feel unwell. It wasn’t until she had an aviation medical examination done that she discovered she was living with type 1 diabetes. 

As a result, Michelle was forced to change careers, and now works as an engineer.

“I almost don’t remember life before diabetes,” she said, adding how much of the day she spends thinking about, managing and monitoring her diabetes.

She decided that JDRF was an organization she wanted to give back to, and on top of being a monthly donor, she now volunteers. “JDRF does such important work…having a sense of community is a huge, and just normalizing the physical and mental side of type 1 is something I want to help with – supporting families and people [with T1D] the best I can.”

Giles. Toronto, ON.

Giles describes his fourteen-year-old son as the ‘poster child for T1D.’

Between school and AA hockey, he maintains stellar blood glucose levels and continues to adapt to the ever-evolving diabetes technology, rocking his pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM) on and off the ice.

“He doesn’t really like doing T1D-specific things,” says Giles, “He likes playing regular sports, and doesn’t want to be defined by [his disease].”

The family has been part of JDRF’s monthly giving program for yearsand while they are lucky to have coverage for their son’s diabetes equipment, Giles recognizes other families aren’t. “Everyone should have access to that kind of technology…we know JDRF is advocating for that.”

“This is a disease that can be cured, and we will give as much as we possibly can to help achieve that.”

Feeling inspired by these amazing monthly donors? You can also join the movement to help drive diabetes research forward. Join us today and tell the world that you are In to End Diabetes.

Join us today and tell the world that you are In to End Diabetes.

Become a monthly donor by September 15 and thanks to a generous family from Vancouver, your first 6 gifts will be doubled!*

*Up to 20,000