Children's Diabetes Foundation


4380 S. Syracuse St., 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 top-notch care. Children’s Diabetes Foundation events and programs often serve people in Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, and Utah, but much of our funding goes towards diabetes 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 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 over $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 those with diabetes
• To investigate new ways we can improve the lives of Barbara Davis Center patients

Fundraising Events: 

EPIC Diabetes Conference
March 3, 2018 • Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
The EPIC Diabetes Conference brings together people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and their family members for workshops with Colorado’s top diabetes specialists.

Spring Brass Ring
April 13, 2018 • Hilton Denver City Center
The Spring Brass Ring honors children with type 1 diabetes as they give speeches and walk the runway to the crowd’s standing ovation. The event will also feature an auction and stunning fashion show by Mariel Boutique. To get involved, email

Run for the Ring 5K & Kids’ Fun Run
Summer 2018
This annual event includes a 5K run around the Anschutz Medical Campus, a 1/16 mile track for kids, inflatables, a DJ, awards, gift bags, food, games, and more!

Tied to a Cure Denver Golf Tournament
July 9, 2018 • Pinehurst Country Club
This local tournament is held on a beautiful golf course with all-inclusive food and drinks - all to support type 1 diabetes. To get involved, email

High Hopes Golf Tournament
Summer 2017
The Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation holds this annual tournament to raise funds for programs that help Barbara Davis Center patients. For more information, email

Tied to a Cure Las Vegas Golf Flyaway
Late October 2018
This overnight trip takes golfers to Las Vegas for an exciting day at Shadow Creek Golf Course with accommodations at the Bellagio and a chartered flight to and from Denver. To participate, email

The Carousel of Hope
October 6, 2018 • Beverly Hills, CA
Since inception, the Carousel of Hope has raised over $100 million for clinical care and research at the Barbara Davis Center, where thousands of children and adults receive specialized care. The 2017 event in Denver honored Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake, and featured a performance by Lenny Kravitz. Visit for 2018 details.

Giving Opportunities: 

Type 1 diabetes requires making life-threatening decisions every minute of every day and can cause physical, emotional, and social distress. While technology continues to improve, it is not a cure. The Children’s Diabetes Foundation raises funds for the Barbara Davis Center, which cares for and educates patients, while simultaneously looking to prevent and cure diabetes. Funds can be given as general donations or can also be designated to particular programs or research.

Helping Hand Program
Diabetes is an expensive disease. Many families have to give up basic needs to afford their supplies and healthcare. The Helping Hand provides financial assistance to families in need so they can get the necessary medical supplies, doctor appointments, and more to live a healthy lifestyle.

Charlotte Tucker Scholarship Program
This program gives $4,000 scholarships to 20 Barbara Davis Center patients after an intensive application process each year.

The Barbara Davis Center is currently facilitating over 80 research studies. These include various stem cell and islet cell research, artificial pancreas systems, prevention of type 1 diabetes, behavioral studies, cultural programs, understanding of complications, and more. Donors are welcome to direct their funds towards specific research studies.

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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
Executive Director
Children’s Diabetes Foundation

Richard S. Abrams, MD.

Peter A. Culshaw

Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD

Nancy Davis-Rickel

Daniel Feiten, MD

Shane Hendryson

A. Barry Hirschfeld

Deidre Hunter

Shawn Hunter

John J. Reilly, Jr., MD

Ken Rickel

Stacy Robinson

Cameron van Orman

Tracy van Orman

Steven Farber, Esq.
Board Member Emeritus

Marian Rewers, MD, PhD
Ex-officio Member