Friday, May 27, 2011

Diabetes Companies & Orgs Helping Tornado Victims In Need of Supplies

For those pwds living in areas devastated by the Tornadoes, getting diabetes supplies or contacting their pump/meter/insulin companies can be damn near impossible.
Like you, I worry about my fellow pwds and want to help them.
I began reaching out to companies re: what pwds (people with diabetes) in those areas should do if they need supplies. While this list is by no means complete, the following companies have responded and are listed alphabetically:

ACCU- CHEK®: Individuals that still have phone access can call into ACCU-CHEK® Customer at
1-800-858-8072 and an agent can assist them with getting a meter and strips until they can arrange for a more permanent solution & they are open, 24/7/365 days a year.
Any non-profit/community organization can call the same ACCU-CHEK® customer care for help in getting testing supplies for distribution.

Animas: Any Animas customers in the counties affected by the Tornado & in need of pump supplies need to contact their Doctor or Animas Rep.
Reps and Territory Managers in those states and counties have been given extra pump supplies and will get the supplies to those in need, ASAP.

Bayer Healthcare: The Bayer USA Foundation has contributed $50,000 to various organizations assisting with recovery efforts in Alabama & Missouri, include the Red Cross, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation & the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce Foundation. These donations support basic human services and recovery efforts, assist people whose homes were damaged or destroyed, and aid impacted animals.

Requests from relief organizations for donations of either funds/products for disaster relief projects go through the Bayer Foundation as part of a larger, coordinated effort for Bayer HealthCare/Bayer corporate. Bayer Diabetes Care is part of Bayer HealthCare that also includes our consumer care; pharmaceuticals & animal health groups.
The quickest way for organizations to seek funds or product for relief efforts is through our online Foundation application form at:
Orgs can submit their requests for consideration through the online process. Please note, this is not for individual requests.
For general information on Bayer Diabetes Care products, call Bayer's Customer Service Line: 800-348-8100.

Medtronic: Medtronic customers living in tornado ravaged areas in need of pump supplies,etc., can call the Medtronic emergency hot line at: 1-800-646-4633 ext. 64545.
Please provide the customer’s name, date of birth, contact phone number, and mailing address and or alternate mailing (including street, city, state and zip code).
During off hours please leave a voicemail with the above information and you will be contacted within 24 hours.

Novo Nordisk: Novo Nordisk has reached out to the ADA, Americares, and the American Red Cross to offer whatever assistance possible. As of Friday, May 27, Novo Nordisk has delivered insulin products and needles to the ADA and Americares. Each has set up a free clinic in Joplin & the following addresses:
2914 East 32nd St
Suite 102

Americares -
Community Clinic
701 South Joplin Ave

For those wishing to donate supplies, please contact the following:
Jennifer Conter-Jones (Development Coordinator JDRF Ozarks)
560 Peacock Street
Rogersville, MO 65742
A facebook page has also been set up @!/event.php?eid=151063321630015

tudiabetes has a great list of links of those who are collecting supplies for victims.

If you know of any groups or organizations collections for those pwds in need, please feel free to post their info in the comment section, or contact me at: kelly kunik @ gmail dot com & I will update the blog post with the info you provide.

This page will be continually updated as I hear from other companies, orgs & individuals.


The DL said...

This is amazing! Thank you for putting together a great list.

Cara said...

You are a ROCK STAR! That is all.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for compiling such a great resource, Kel. But so much more than that, thank you for reaching out to these companies and beyond and helping make this effort what it is. You are truly a rockstar among rockstars, my friend.

Scott S said...

Thanks for compiling and sharing all of this in a single location! I will be RTing this one!

Unknown said...

K2 you are AMAZING!

Unknown said...

This post is AWESOME!!!! Thank you so much for all this info...totally sharing!!!!

Alexis Nicole said...

I heart u. Awesome awesome! I only knew of where I could send stuff..not other resources for those in need. Thank u!

Holly said...

You are so thoughtful!! That's awesome!! : ) Holly

Mike Durbin said...

Great work, Kelly! I'm coordinating donations for folks here in my area, and will be sending them along next week. Thank for all that you do for everyone living with this disease.

You are AWEsomesauce!

Aliza Chana said...

K2, you are AMAZING!! I'm re-tweeting this one and sending you an email about some of your sources as I'm working on a similar post and have some sources from TuDiabetes and ADA but have been lost other than many emails to supply companies today. You are awesomeness, truly!!

Rob said...

Hi Kelly. It's Rob from Accu-Chek Diabetes Care. Thanks so much for putting this great resource together. Please remember, for those who only have smartphone access, we have Twitter support available @accuchek_us 24/7.
Thanks again!