We Love Our Volunteers

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving each other,” – Erma Bombeck.

Let’s face it: Camp wouldn’t be fun without great volunteers. They make learning easy. They challenge, while inspiring. They soothe with a Band-Aid and a smile. They teach while being goofy. They make sure blood sugars are in check and carbs are curbed.


And so with the camp season coming to the end, staff at the American Diabetes Association’s camps Aurora and New Horizons, would like to thank all of its volunteers for serving the 350 campers and their families this summer.


Many of the volunteers took time from their clinics, faculty functions and used vacation days to help kids with diabetes learn to manage the disease.  Thank you donating your time to a great cause. ADA camps improve diabetes management skills, lower diabetes-related stress,  and make kids with diabetes feel normal again. Thank you for being a part of the program that has impacted so many lives.


“Volunteers are a vital part of the American Diabetes Association’s camping program,” said Sherry Hill, Regional Director – Camps for the ADA. “We could not provide the quality program without them.”

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A special thanks to camp directors, Lynn Bruns (Camp New Horizons North), Val Sanders (Camp New Horizons South), Kelli Goree and Brenda Sonnier (Camp Aurora.) Also thanks to medical partners Children’s Health, Cook Children’s Endocrinology and Diabetes Clinics, and Texas Tech School of Pharmacy – Dallas Campus. And thank you to the  Lions Club District 2-X1 and a host of other healthcare and community volunteers.


Elizabeth Andrew said it best, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” 

So thank you for your heart!

ADA And Texas Rangers Thank ADA Volunteers

The North Texas Area of the American Diabetes Association thanked and showed appreciation to its wonderful volunteers with free tickets to the Texas Rangers game on June 22. Over 80 volunteers attended the game. Everyone had a terrific time and the ADA group was recognized on the huge electronic video display during the game. The Rangers also  beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 to remain in first place in their division! Thank you to all our volunteers for helping advance the mission of the ADA!

Volunteers needed for the 2016 DFW Tour de Cure!

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On Saturday, June 25th, cyclists from all over North Texas and beyond will gather at Texas Motor Speedway to participate in the 2016 DFW Tour de Cure! Our goal this year is to raise $750,000 to support diabetes research, education and advocacy. To make this event the best it can be, we will need a couple hundred energetic and caring people to help us out. We can’t do it without you!

There’s a wide variety of jobs; on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. To get more information and claim your spot, please click the link below to sign up today.


As a token of our thanks, we’ll provide you with:

  • A 2016 commemorative Tour de Cure volunteer t-shirt!
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day!
  • An invitation to stay with us and enjoy as much of the day as you would like!
  • The satisfaction that comes from volunteering & being of service to our riders and the fight to STOP diabetes!

If you have any questions, please contact Mindy, our 2016 DFW Tour de Cure DOE Volunteer Chair, at dfwtourdecure@gmail.com.

Volunteer Training

American Diabetes Association Volunteer Training will be held in our office at 4100 Alpha Road Suite 100 Dallas TX 75244 on June 10th 2016 from 10am-1pm. Please contact Ashley Hill at 972-392-1181 ext. 6101 or by email at ashill@diabetes.org to attend or for more information. Lunch will be provided.

Community Programs Ambassadors Training

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The American Diabetes Association would like to invite you  to attend their,  Texas Health Resources Community Programs Ambassador Training, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, hosted by Methodist Hospital. This is a half day training that will cover all of the American Diabetes Association Community Programs and Events, along with program implementation and other engagement opportunities. It is our hope that you will join us in the fight to STOP DIABETES! If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Shenekqual Robertson
972-392-1181 ext. 6019
Community Programs Ambassadors Training
Saturday, March 5, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Charlton Methodist Hospital
3500 W. Wheatland Rd.
Dallas, Texas 75237

Join Us


Please RSVP by February 26, 2016


American Diabetes Association North Texas Announces J.D. Kennedy as Chairman for 2016

McKinney ISD Superintendent J.D. Kennedy (from left); Chaurcley Cook, MISD coordinator of secondary science; Jill Brooks of Raytheon; Elyse Hogan of Raytheon; Steve Fortenberry, MISD chief financial officer; and Nancy Cowlishaw, MISD partners in education specialist, participated in the Raytheon check presentation.

J.D. Kennedy

The American Diabetes Association North Texas has named J.D. Kennedy as chair of its community leadership board.  As chair, J.D. Kennedy will provide leadership and direction to North Texas to support annual ADA goals and objectives. Kennedy has been an active volunteer for the ADA’s North Texas Office since 2012. Kennedy is a retired McKinney ISD superintendent who first became involved with the ADA by spearheading a district-wide School Walk for Diabetes fundraiser.

“It’s become my mission to reduce the childhood obesity in this country,” Kennedy said in an interview this week. “We had been seeing more kids with symptoms for type 2 diabetes. It’s amazing to me that elementary and middle school kids would be developing those symptoms, not to mention type 1 diabetes and its effects on children.”

Kennedy has been an educator for the past 40 years, earning his doctorate in education after attending Baylor University as an undergraduate.

“I bleed green and gold,” he joked.

Kennedy moved to the Dallas area during the 80s and spent 17 years as a superintendent at various districts, including five years in McKinney.

He said his mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and passed away at age 82.

Speaking of his goals as chair, Kennedy said, “Personally there needs to be a focus on educating the public about the effects of diabetes. We need to work on corporate involvement in the DFW Metroplex as is has several national headquarters in the area.”

Kennedy lives with his wife in McKinney and is a grandfather of three.