Children's Diabetes Foundation


4380 S. Syracuse Street, Suite 430
Denver, CO 80237




Executive Director
Dana Davis

Year Established

Service Area
The Children’s Diabetes Foundation raises funds for the Barbara Davis Center, whose patients come from around the world to receive excellent care. Children’s Diabetes Foundation events and programs often serve people in Colorado and Wyoming, but much of our funding goes towards research to help millions of people around the globe.

Mission Statement
The Children’s Diabetes Foundation was established by Barbara and Marvin Davis in 1977 in Denver as a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the support of research in diabetes and to provide the best possible clinical and educational programs for people with the disease. The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, where thousands of patients of all ages from all over the world receive the finest diabetes care available. Since 1978, the Children’s Diabetes Foundation has contributed $100 million dollars to the Barbara Davis Center.

• To support research and clinical care at the Barbara Davis Center
• To create a community of support for those living with type 1 diabetes
• To provide financial assistance for those who cannot afford diabetes supplies
• To be a resource for people affected by diabetes via our website, social media, blog, newsletter, and more
• To provide education and awareness about type 1 diabetes
• To hold events that raise funds and uplift people with diabetes
• To investigate new ways we can improve the lives of Barbara Davis Center patients

Fundraising Events: 

The Carousel Ball
October 2017
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Since inception, the Carousel Ball has raised over $100 million for clinical care and research at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, where thousands of children and adults receive specialized care. The 2015 event honored Paige and John Elway and included performances by Usher, David Foster, Ruben Studdard, and more. Tickets do sell out. For more information, visit

Brass Ring Luncheon
March 28, 2017
Denver Marriott City Center
The Brass Ring Luncheon honors children with type 1 diabetes. These children give speeches, are featured in videos, and walk the runway to a standing ovation from the crowd. The event also features silent and live auctions and a beautiful fashion show.

Run for the Ring 5K & Kids’ Fun Run
Summer 2017
This annual event includes a 5K run around the Anschutz Medical Campus, a 1/16 of a mile track for kids, inflatables, a DJ, awards, gift bags, food, games, and more!

Tied to a Cure
Denver Golf Tournament
Summer 2017
Pinehurst Country Club
This local tournament features a silent auction, beautiful golf course, food and drinks, and support for type 1 diabetes. To get involved, contact Amanda Garrett at

Tied to a Cure
Las Vegas Golf Flyaway
Fall 2017
This overnight trip takes golfers to Las Vegas for an exciting day on the Shadow Creek Golf Course, accommodations at the Bellagio Las Vegas, and a chartered flight to and from Denver. Funds are raised through sponsorships, foursomes, and a paddle raiser. To participate, contact Amanda Garrett at

High Hopes Golf Tournament
Summer 2017
The Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation holds this annual tournament at a beautiful Denver golf course. For more information regarding the tournament, contact Susie Hummell at 303-863-1200.
For up-to-date event information, visit

Giving Opportunities: 

One in three babies born today will have diabetes in their lifetime. Type 1 diabetes is managed by giving multiple injections a day and can cause physical, emotional, and social distress. While technology continues to improve, it is not a cure. People with diabetes are at a high risk for complications such as blindness, amputation, kidney failure, stroke, and heart disease. The Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center treat and educate patients to avoid these complications, which simultaneously attempting to prevent diabetes and look for a cure.

Funds can be given as general donations, but can also be designated to particular programs, such as:

Helping Hand Program
Diabetes is an expensive disease. Many families have to give up basic needs to afford healthcare for their family members. The Helping Hand provides financial assistance to families in financial need so they can afford needed medical supplies, doctor appointments, and more.

Charlotte Tucker Scholarship Program
This program gives scholarships to Barbara Davis Center patients after an intensive application process.

The Barbara Davis Center is currently facilitating over 80 research studies. Some of these include various artificial pancreas systems, prevention of type 1 diabetes, stem cell and islet cell research, behavioral studies, cultural outreach for diabetes care, understanding of complications, and more. Donors are welcome to direct their funds towards specific research studies.
You can donate online at

Workplace Giving
Many companies have a Matching Gift option for employees to make charitable contributions. Please contact your employer for the appropriate forms and procedures.

Board of Directors: 

Barbara Davis

Dana Davis
CDF Executive Director

Nancy Davis-Rickel

Richard S. Abrams, M.D.

Arlene Hirschfeld

Jules Amer, M.D.
Honorary Lifetime Member

Peter Culshaw

Stephen R. Daniels, M.D., Ph.D.

Steven Farber
Board Member Emeritus

Daniel J. Feiten, MD

Shane Hendryson

Deidre Hunter

Shawn Hunter

John J. Reilly, Jr., MD

Kenny Rickel

Stacy Robinson

Tracy van Orman

Cameron van Orman