Outreach & Donations

Type One Nation

January 10-11th, 2015, Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Franklin, Tennessee (20 minutes south of Nashville)

Educational sessions will include topics in diabetes daily care, diet considerations, psychological issues, the latest research toward a cure, diabetes technology, T1D as an adult and more. Hotel accommodations, as well as lunch, dinner and breakfast, are included in your registration.

Register here. Space is limited! A suggested contribution of $150 per family is requested. For more information call 615-383-6781 or visit here.

Night at the Smokies

At the annual JDRF Night at the Smokies, a special section is reserved where you can get to get to know other JDRF families and staff while watching the game. The Smokies gives JDRF $3.00 for every ticket sold. In addition, you can purchase a Kid Zone Wristband and $2.00 will go to JDRF. EVERYONE is invited!

JDRF Night at the Smokies is held every year in August. Keep an eye out for details which will be posted as soon as tickets become available.


The Bag of Hope outreach program is described as “goodie bag of diabetes information and supplies” that is given to newly diagnosed (within the past 3 months) families.The Bag of Hope contains a variety of educational and comforting support materials–some geared toward the child and some geared toward their caregivers–the most popular of which is Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes. It also includes a support video, children’s books and an Accu-Check Blood Glucose Meter. If you or someone you know has a child or teen that is newly diagnosed, contact our office for more information. 865-544-0768 or toll free 888-833-2873. Or email the request form to easttennessee@jdrf.org. A huge thanks to Roche (makers of Accu-Check) for underwriting this program!


Our office can provide diabetes educators and caregivers with informative brochures, upon request. Note: these brochures are subject to availability and are not intended to replace medical care. Consult your physician with healthcare questions or concerns.


If you wish to make a memorial or tribute to a particular person(s), you may do so by sending your donation check made out to the JDRF (address on home page). Your support of JDRF is greatly appreciated and through your gifts more than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. The JDRF is an accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency; all donations are tax deductible. Download an honorium/memorial form here.


Call the local office to assist with mailings, walk duties, gala responsibilities, errands, etc. Please consider helping out since we employ a limited staff, so that more money can go to research to find a cure for diabetes. If you are interested, email Erin Cagney at ecagney@jdrf.org.


To help increase federal spending on research to find a cure for diabetes, please consider serving on the JDRF Legislative Committee and writing your legislators about health-related matters. With your help, we can have a voice in Washington! Don’t forget…November is Diabetes Awareness month.