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Kelly L. Close is the founder and Chair of the Board of The diaTribe Foundation. Since 2006, she has been the Editor-in-Chief of diaTribe, our free website focused on making people with diabetes healthier and happier and advocating for action. Since 2002, she has also run Close Concerns, a healthcare information firm exclusively focused on diabetes and obesity. Each year Kelly and her colleagues attend over 50 scientific, regulatory, and economic conferences around the world, focused on diabetes and obesity. Kelly's passion for diabetes comes from her extensive professional work as well as her personal experience as a type 1 patient for nearly 30 years.


February 09, 2017

This Valentine’s Day, Help me Support Children with Diabetes! 

From now until Valentine’s Day, you can help low-income children with diabetes through the annual Spare a Rose, Save a Child Campaign. Each February, “Spare a Rose” raises funds for IDF’s Life for a Child ...

January 30, 2017

We heard big news in the world of diabetes research last week – The City of Hope, a prominent medical research and care center in southern California, received a gift of $50 million (!) to establish the Wanek Family Project to Cure Type 1 Diabetes. The gift was a contribution from the Wanek family, of the Ashley home furniture brand, along with a number of anonymous partner donors. City of...

January 11, 2017

I’m writing to share a bit of exciting news amid this busy week: On Monday, we were lucky enough to have a piece on diabetes published by the Huffington Post!

The piece focused on four major areas where we saw progress in 2016 … and where we need that progress to continue through 2017 and beyond. What follows is a brief summary of the four major areas of progress on which I focused – if...

December 15, 2016

Below is a guest post by a fellow PWD Dr. Janet Goodman, a practicing psychologist and certified business and life coach at JMG Coaching. She is also the founder of yadaBags, where she sells purses designed to help people with diabetes organize their supplies. Read on for Dr. Goodman’s key takeaways from the recent BIO Patient & Health Advocacy Summit.


November 23, 2016

If philanthropy in the Silicon Valley is booming, why are so many nonprofits in the Valley hurting? If the region is awash in wealth, why do almost 30 percent of its residents rely on public or private assistance? Those troubling questions lie at the heart of a new report, “...

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