Who we are

Helping Georgia’s Kids Living with Diabetes

Mission: The mission of DAWGS FOR DIABETES is to provide information to the community about Diabetes and support for those living with and affected by Diabetes. Dawgs for Diabetes will establish a climate of enthusiasm, openness, and fellowship of support.

Dawgs for Diabetes, D4D is a Student run organization at the University of Georgia.

A chapter of the College Diabetes Network.

Our organization has three main goals:

  1. Educate and Raise Awareness in the Athens, Georgia community and beyond about Diabetes.
  2. Participate in the Athens community and the Diabetes community.
  3. Raise money for JDRF, Turn Type 1 into Type None, and Camp Kudzu, GA’s Camp for kids with Diabetes.

Coming Fall 2014- Mentoring Program

  • Will not just be limited to Athens/UGA Students to be mentors. Also will not be limited to just children in Athens.
  • 4 Mentoring events throughout the year.
  • One on one mentoring will be available also.

We are also a JDRF Support Group-

  • For those living with Diabetes or impacted by Diabetes
  • Various events, meet after general body meeting
  • Provide support and community throughout the year.

You do not have to have Diabetes or know anything about Diabetes to be involved in our organization. UGA students and faculty along with members of the community can become involved in the organization.

If you have any questions or would like to know more information, please feel free to send us an email at dawgs4diabetesuga@gmail.com

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Mindy Bartleson, President
Hometown: Flowery Branch, GA
University of Georgia, Class of 2015

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Mindy plans on graduating in May 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and a minor in Sociology. She has been involved with D4D since she was a freshman and very involved since she brought it back in the winter 2013. She has served as President since then.
Diagnosed March 8 2000, Mindy has been thriving with Type 1 Diabetes since she was 7 years old BUT. Before anything else, she is a college student, runner, photographer, traveler, writer, and so much more who just happens to live with Diabetes. She is actively involved in JDRF and Camp Kudzu – ever since she was diagnosed. She has blogged about her life and interaction with Diabetes. She’s an expert at being awkward and getting lost on occasion. Mindy also has unconditional love for a good cup of black coffee. She thoroughly enjoys singing songs that relate to a blood sugar reading or feelings towards Diabetes. She LOVES anything Disney or Harry Potter related.
In the future she hopes to be an advocacy lawyer, writer, speaker, and so much more who wishes to see the world while never really growing up with music, a good book, coffee, and diabetes supplies by her side.

Why is Dawgs for Diabetes Important to Mindy?

Diabetes is such a huge part of her life, and being involved in the Diabetes community is how she “deals” with the highs and lows of Diabetes. She also feels that D4D is a great way to be prepared for her future self. She believes that D4D and the College Diabetes Network are great ways to spread awareness and education about Diabetes. Most importantly, she wants everyone to have access to a Diabetes community because she’s been lucky enough to always be involved since she was diagnosed, and she wants to make sure that Young Adults don’t feel lost in the Diabetes community.

Sarah Gibson, Vice President
Hometown: Bethlehem, GA
University of Georgia Class of 2016

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Her major is Dietetics and she plans to continue her education and get her Masters degree. Her career goal is to work with children as a Pediatric Diabetes Educator to be that helping teacher for when those children’s lives change but will be an example how diabetes does not hold us back in life.
Sarah has been involved with Dawgs for Diabetes since her Freshman year, and has loved every minute of it. The connections that she has made led her to volunteer at Camp Kudzu and avidly fundraise for camp and JDRF.
Sarah was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on March 15, 2010 and has been thankful for her wonderful doctors and especially her family throughout these changing times.
Her essentials to get her through the day are her Crystal Light, her cat-Stella, coffee, supportive and loving family, her inviting bed, her boyfriend (who does a wonderful job getting her mind off the hard stuff with corny jokes), and finally, her diabetic community who is always there to give advice and support when she feels like she is struggling.

Why is Dawgs for Diabetes important to Sarah?

Sarah appreciates that Dawgs for Diabetes provides links between college students, children of Georgia, doctors, and even people all over the country impacted with Type 1 and provides support for all these different people. Without Dawgs for Diabetes, she wouldn’t have met some of the wonderful people who are involved with D4D and would be lost in the big campus at UGA.

Gina Huang, Community Relations
Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
University of Georgia, Class of 2018

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Gina is a currently a freshman and is a Biology major on the Pre-Pharmacy track. She plans to apply to the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Her goals are to become a pharmacist and to travel to various other countries, especially those where the health care system can be improved dramatically, to help those in need. During her travels to other countries, she hopes to study how health care systems and services differ from area to area.
Although she is not directly affected by Diabetes, she has had family and friends impacted by it. Through her participation in various health clubs and organizations and her volunteering in hospitals, she was able to witness the effects of Diabetes on those who have it. One of her goals she had when she joined the club was to become educated about Diabetes and to have a better, deeper understand of Diabetes. Just this year, she joined organizations such as Medlife, Hall Council, and various others. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the Georgia mountains, reading a good book, and visiting museums with family. She also enjoys working with kids, whether that is through reading programs, tutoring, or camps.

Why is Dawgs for Diabetes Important to Gina?

This is her first year being involved with this club. Dawgs for Diabetes is a club that she is very passionate about because of its ability to bring people together while spreading the knowledge of Diabetes. The time period between elementary school and college is an extremely important period for those with Diabetes, and it is a time where many changes can occur. She believes that what Dawgs for Diabetes is doing for the community is a meaningful and fulfilling way to spend her time. As of now, she is looking forward to becoming more active in Dawgs for Diabetes and to participate in all the events this year. Lastly, she cannot wait to meet all the other members!

Riley Jenkins, Freshman Liaison
Hometown: Canton, GA
University of Georgia, Class of 2018

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Riley plans to graduate in 2018 with a Bachelors degree in both Biology and Psychology. After graduating, Riley plans to attend Medical School to become a physician.
Riley was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 11 and has had Type 1 for over 7 years. Her experiences with Diabetes include going to Camp Kudzu (where she met her current roommate), raising money for JDRF, and speaking to her high school faculty and staff about Diabetes as part of her senior project. At UGA, in addition to Dawgs for Diabetes, she is actively involved in the American Medical Student Association of UGA, shadowing, and volunteering. Her other interests include exploring new restaurants, catching up on episodes of Prison Break, House, or Real Housewives, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on the Dawgs!
In the future, Riley plans to be a doctor, speaker, and lifelong educator of Diabetes.

Why is Dawgs for Diabetes important to Riley?
As a freshman, experiences of transitioning to college with Diabetes are fresh on her mind. She is excited to share these experiences with fellow freshmen and prospective students. Riley hopes to learn more about the Diabetes community in Athens and to gain experience helping others make the same transition.

Nidhi Aggarwal, Freshman Liaison
Hometown: Statesboro, GA
University of Georgia, Class of 2018

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Nidhi is an academic scientist and free-time artist, recent high-school valedictorian, and an aspiring pre-medical student, but most importantly, current freshman actively attempting to discover herself in the midst of Bulldog Nation.

Why is Dawgs for Diabetes Important to Nidhi?

Enthusiastic to begin getting involved with extracurricular activities on campus, Nidhi looks forward to contributing to Dawgs For Diabetes’ important message by serving as a co-Freshman Liaison for the organization during this academic year. Although she does not have diabetes, she has been familiar with the condition through family history of the temporary, lifestyle-based Type 2 Diabetes, as well as through her Type-1-diabetic friends, the experiences of whom have shown her glimpses of the daily routines of diabetics and have solidified her interest in further pursuing the topic as part of her collegiate goal to improve her understanding of the complexities of human health. She is especially fervent to begin community-outreach-based programs through Dawgs For Diabetes, believing that the most crucial facets of current diabetes-related issues are centered on public education and awareness of the condition, distributing facts rather than leaving people’s perceptions of the condition to their imagination, as well as continued support towards youth affected with diabetes to instill confidence and contentment in the otherwise confusing series of lifestyle changes caused by diabetes. Nidhi could not have asked for a better and more cooperative group to be collaborating with this year, and she is full of hopeful visions of what all can be accomplished when a dedicated group such as Dawgs For Diabetes unites for a wonderful cause.

Nidhi plans to graduate from the University of Georgia as a member of the Class of 2018, with degrees in Microbiology and Chemistry, and continue her education in medical school as an aspiring physician.

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