What is LFAC?
The International Diabetes Federation Life for a Child Program was established in 2000 to help address the plight of these young people (see www.lifeforachild.org). IDF Life for a Child (USA) Inc. works closely with the Life for a Child teams in Sydney, Australia and Brussels, Belgium.
IDF Life for a Child (USA) Inc. is a Florida non-profit corporation (Registration No. CH48583), and is a tax-exempt charity under IRS rules as a 501c(3) organization, EIN 47-4901579
Support the provision of the best possible health care, given local circumstances, to all children and youth (under 26 years of age) with diabetes in less-resourced countries, through the strengthening of existing diabetes services.
Conduct international advocacy and clinical research, and where possible help both young adults and also recipient countries with achieving sustainability.
How would you feel if...
You could not afford enough insulin for your child
Your child could only check their blood glucose level once a month at the hospital
You had to decide whether to buy care for one child with diabetes or send all your other children to school?
What We Do
Life for a Child’s model is to support existing recognized diabetes centers, strengthening them through provision of supplies and technical support so that they can improve care. Life for a Child supports all children and youth until they reach the age of 26. Clinical outcomes and use of funds and supplies is carefully monitored. Support varies according to the needs within a country, and includes:
Blood glucose meter and strips
Diabetes education and materials
Health professional training
Transport cost for more remote families
Capacity building – e.g. refrigerators to store insulin
Board of Directors
Larry C. Deeb, MD, is Director for the Diabetes Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida as well as Clinical Professor in Pediatrics and Behavioral and Social Medicine at Florida State University. Dr. Deeb is in active pediatric endocrine practice, where he cares for 600 children with diabetes, and is a Past-President of the American Diabetes Association.
Dr. Deborah Edidin trained at Michael Reese/University of Chicago. She became director of the pediatric component of the NIH-funded Diabetes Research and Training Center Model Unit and became a co-investigator in an NIH funded study. She continues to teach health care professionals in the area of diabetes in Rwanda and to participate in the development of educational materials and diabetes in collaboration with the Rwanda Diabetes Association, the Rwandan Ministry of Health and IDF Life for a Child.
Wayne Edwards, CFP, has extensive experience in providing comprehensive personal financial planning and business planning. Edwards is an active member of MMHP Investment Advisors, Inc. where he served as Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, member of the investment committee, and Chairman of the firm’s Financial Planning Division. Edwards is the Charter President and continues to serve as the President of the Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes.
Emma Naughton has worked in the field of human rights and international development for 25 years, including for a Canadian government agency (IDRC). She started volunteering with Life for A Child after her son was diagnosed with TID at the age of 2. During a sabbatical year in Mexico City, she and her husband James Ron helped LFAC to establish partnerships with key diabetes clinics in the capital and throughout the country.
Charles Renfroe has been actively engaged in diabetes advocacy for the past 17 years, with the first 15 of those years serving as Director of Advocacy & Professional Relations for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies. In 2016, he accepted a full-time position with the Institute on Aging (IOA), a community-based agency in the San Francisco Bay area as Director of Corporate & Donor Relations.
Professor Martin Silink is the Program Chairman of IDF Life for a Child, and has a worldwide reputation as a clinician and researcher in childhood diabetes. He has appointments at the Children’s Hospital Westmead and the University of Sydney, and has served as the President of the IDF and also the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes. During Martin’s term as IDF President, the UN Resolution on Diabetes was achieved, and the blue circle initiated as the symbol of diabetes.
Dr. Graham Ogle is the General Manager of IDF Life for a Child. Graham trained in pediatric endocrinology in Sydney, before working in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia for 6 years. In 2000, he and Professor Martin Silink established Life for a Child. Graham’s research interests include access to diabetes care and epidemiology. In 2013 the American Diabetes Association awarded him the Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes.
Angie Middlehurst is IDF Life for a Child’s Education Manager, and is based in Sydney, Australia. With background as a Paediatric Nurse, she is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator and has 21 years of experience in childhood and adolescent diabetes. Angie has presented at international conferences and visited many LFAC-supported countries, teaching and attending diabetes camps. Her particular interests and expertise are in transition, diabetes camps, and advocacy for students with diabetes at school.
Gillian commenced as Program Manager, IDF Life for a Child Program in 2015. She has a background in exercise physiology and over ten years of experience in health including workplace health and wellness programs and NSW Health Education and Training Institute. She also worked for seven years in sports administration including five years as the Executive Officer for a not-for-profit national disability sports organization. Gillian has a personal interest in type 1 diabetes since being diagnosed in 2013.