BERKELEY, Calif., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Diabetes Hands Foundation now hosts GrandmaSandy.com among its online sites and has established the Grandma Sandy Fund. This special fund, named in honor of "Grandma Sandy" Hollenberg, will support initiatives and activities aimed at grandparents of, parents of, and young people living with diabetes.
Sandy Hollenberg donated the GrandmaSandy.com site to the Diabetes Hands Foundation so that the materials on the site would continue to be widely available to young people living with diabetes and their families.
"We know Diabetes Hands Foundation has a great far-reaching platform; it helps so many people," Sandy said while discussing why she donated the site to the Berkeley-based nonprofit. "We wanted an organization that would take on my baby with such loving care and would let it grow. With all of DHF's contacts GrandmaSandy.com will reach so many more people."
Established after Sandy's grandson Malcolm started using an insulin pump at the age of 4, GrandmaSandy.com houses e-books, games, and puzzles for children living with type 1 diabetes and their families. The materials were written by Sandy Hollenberg, reviewed by medical professionals, and translated into 13 languages by volunteers from across the globe. All the materials on the site are available for free download for non-commercial use.
"We are thrilled to be able to honor the incredible work Sandy Hollenberg has done and to keep the mission of Grandma Sandy alive," said Manny Hernandez, president of the Diabetes Hands Foundation. "By establishing the Grandma Sandy Fund we can take this act of love for her grandson and spread that love among many more families affected by diabetes."
The Grandma Sandy Fund has been established in honor of Sandy Hollenberg with an anonymous pledge of $50,000 to be given over five years. Beyond covering the ongoing operational costs of the Grandma Sandy site, a portion of this fund will also be used to support educational initiatives for grandparents of, parents of, and young people living with diabetes. Donors who wish to support the Grandma Sandy Fund can make a designated donation to the Diabetes Hands Foundation online at https://diabeteshandsfoundation.org/donate/.
About Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF)
Diabetes Hands Foundation (www.DiabetesHandsFoundation.org) brings together people touched by diabetes for positive change to make sure that nobody living with this condition ever feels alone. Diabetes can be a very isolating disease. We provide opportunities for people with diabetes and their loved ones to connect and have an open dialog about their experiences with this chronic condition. Instead of looking at the disease, DHF seeks to understand, connect, and energize the millions of people living with this condition.
DHF hosts two active online communities for people touched by diabetes: TuDiabetes.org (in English) and EsTuDiabetes.org (in Spanish); the Big Blue Test, a program for empowerment through exercise; and Diabetes Advocates, a consortium of champions for people touched by diabetes.
Media Contact: Manny Hernandez, Diabetes Hands Foundation, 510.898.1301, firstname.lastname@example.org
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