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[IP] Pumps For Kids(TM)
ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc.,
one of the world's leading suppliers of insulin pumps for the treatment of
diabetes, announced today the formation of a new children's foundation called
Pumps For Kids(TM). The mission of Pumps For Kids is to provide insulin pumps
and supplies to children with diabetes who could benefit from pump therapy
but whose families cannot afford the cost.
Intensive insulin pump therapy, which is an alternative to conventional
injection therapy, has been shown to improve the quality of life and reduce
long-term complications for people with type 1 diabetes. Insulin pump therapy
is especially effective for children because it is so convenient and allows
kids to lead more normal lives. The average insulin pump costs about $5,000.
Added to that are annual costs of about $1,250 for pump supplies, $1,000 for
blood glucose test strips and $1,000 for insulin. It is because of these
costs that Disetronic identified the need for a non-profit foundation.
Pumps For Kids will have a first year goal of awarding 25 Disetronic insulin
pumps and supplies to children across the United States. Initially,
applications for awarding pumps will be distributed to doctors around the
country, who will have the opportunity to nominate kids with the requisite
medical and financial need.
``This is a great opportunity for Disetronic and our partners to start giving
back to our local communities all over the country,'' said Patrik De Haes,
MD, President and CEO of Disetronic. ``It is our sincere hope that Pumps For
Kids will grow each year and become a significant foundation within the
In addition to De Haes, other board members include: Steve Ponder, MD,
Director, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Driscoll
Children's Hospital; Jeff Hitchcock, parent of a child with diabetes and
currently President of Diabetes123.com and ChildrenWithDiabetes.com; Michael
Robinton, parent of a child with diabetes and Executive Director of Insulin
Pumpers; Georgeanna Klingensmith, MD, The Barbara Davis Center-Pediatrics;
Leslie Plotnick, MD, Johns Hopkins Children's Center; Cynthia Pasquarello,
BSN, RN, CDE, Joslin Center for Diabetes-Pediatric Unit and Barb Schreiner,
RN, MN, CDE, Texas Children's Hospital. Other board members will be added as
the foundation grows.
Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Swiss
company Disetronic Holding, AG, one of the world's leading suppliers of
insulin pumps and related supplies for the treatment of diabetes. For more
information about Pumps For Kids call Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc. at
SOURCE: Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc.
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