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2017's Hummingbird Gala Raised $512,000 Towards Diabetes Research in Alberta

Our signature and showcase fundraiser, the 2017 Hummingbird Gala was once again an immense success. The collective efforts of the guests, sponsors, donators, volunteers, staff, and supporters made this year's event one of our best ever! We are truly lucky to have such an amazing group of people supporting diabetes research in Alberta. Please take a moment to read our press release for more details on 2017's event.
Gala Press Release PDF

Canadian country music legend George Canyon is continually melding his love of family with his passion for music; his integrity and dedication to his family are reflected through the songs he writes and the stories he tells. A multi-JUNO award winner and PLATINUM selling artist, Canyon’s latest album I Got This finds him back in the saddle; a culmination of two years of writing, and working with incredibly talented writers, producers and musicians.
A Nova Scotia native, Canyon was recently inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame and has been widely decorated with a number of accolades including multiple CCMA and ECMA Awards in addition to his multiple JUNO Award wins. As the national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a vocal advocate and supporter of the Canadian Military, Canyon was also presented with the CCMA “Humanitarian of the Year” Award in recognition of his philanthropic endeavours with both organizations.

The Alberta Diabetes Foundation exists because we are not afraid to take risks. Albertans have always been innovators in diabetes research starting with the discovery of insulin. One of the greatest breakthroughs happened in Alberta because our Foundation funded the first successful islet transplant when others refused to do so. We then funded ten years of clinical trials helping establish the Edmonton Protocol. We continue to fund life-changing research in Alberta to find a cure for diabetes.

In 1953, what we know today as the Canadian Diabetes Association was formed. The Canadian Diabetes Association works to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. It encourages a healthy lifestyle as the best method of prevention, and represents the interests of those with diabetes to government, business, and the public.

This year the goal is to raise $500,000 hoping that Alberta will lift our spirits with another banner year.

Clinical trials taking place at Alberta Diabetes Institute support innovative research. Participating in these clinical trials gives Albertans first access to these diabetes breakthroughs. In doing this, the Alberta Diabetes Foundation is a key stakeholder in bridging critical research to improved patient outcomes. Together we are building a legacy of diabetes research excellence in Alberta.

Today, the Canadian Diabetes Association is proud to be the only national provider of summer camp programs for children and youth living with type 1 diabetes. Camp Jean Nelson has been in operation in Alberta since 1957 and welcomes more than 200 children and youth and 80 families living with type 1 diabetes every year to enjoy an authentic camp experience in a medically accommodating environment.
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