Welcome to Neal Sklar's Personal Fundraising Page
Hello to my friends and family,
This summer, I will embark on a life-changing experience in the Dominican Republic (DR) as a volunteer for AYUDA. Together with AYUDA's in-country partner organization, Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV - "learning to live") and my fellow volunteers, we will organize diabetes education initiatives for young people living with diabetes. These initiatives include "Campo Amigo" a diabetes education camp for young people living with diabetes, and participating in outreach activities such as hospital & home visits.
AYUDA is a non-profit volunteer organization that empowers youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world. AYUDA is dedicated to supporting local diabetes communities in their development and implementation of sustainable and global diabetes programs. AYUDA’s innovative peer learning model uses international volunteers as catalysts for empowering local youth living with diabetes to live happy and healthy lives.
Many of you viewing this page are already familiar with AYUDA through my sister, Julie, so it should come as no surprise that I’ve decided to join such an empowering and impactful organization. The biggest reason I want to join forces with AYUDA is because I’ve been fortunate enough to have an incredible support system that has enabled me to live a happy and healthy life with diabetes. I was diagnosed with type one diabetes when I was 11 years old. I am currently going into my sophomore year at Bucknell University. Going away to college presents its own set of challenges in and of itself, however there are a unique set of obstacles that come with having diabetes. Organizations such as the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes in Denver, CO (BDC) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) have played a crucial role in my life as a diabetic and they have shown me what it means to live a healthy and productive life. It’s hard to imagine how I would’ve learned to balance academics, friends, family, and diabetes without the endless assistance of well-educated professionals and open-minded friends and family.
This exact network of support is what AYUDA strives towards. While I’ve been able to constantly educate myself and grow as a diabetic, many individuals aren’t as lucky. AYUDA was founded in reaction to seeing children with diabetes who had access to insulin and basic medical treatment but still suffered complications and early death, because they did not know how to manage their condition. This understanding helped inform AYUDA’s main message that “a lack of education is just as dangerous as a lack of insulin”. With your support, I will help to provide education in Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital, and give back to the diabetic community that has so generously helped me.
AYUDA endeavors to remain a grassroots volunteer organization in a unique way: by asking its volunteers to participate in fundraising for their programs. In fact, without fundraising by volunteers like me, AYUDA’s in-country work would not be possible.
For more information about AYUDA and its important work, please visit their website. (www.ayudavolunteer.org)
I will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in July, but my journey begins today! I need to reach my fundraising goal by July 6th. Please support me in this important goal by making a contribution. A tax-deductible donation online makes supporting AYUDA quick and easy. You can also send your contribution to the address listed below.
To mail in a donation, please, make all checks payable to: AYUDA Inc. and please put my name in the Memo field.
AYUDA Inc, 1700 N Moore St, Suite 2000, Arlington VA 22209
Your tax-deductible gift makes a difference. Your support will ensure that local diabetes programs will continue to thrive and that young people in these communities will have access to education and tools that will help them live happier, healthier lives with diabetes. Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up!
I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.
¡Juntos Somos Más Fuertes!
Together We Are Stronger!
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