Our Warning Signs Awareness Campaign


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Knowing the warning signs of Type 1 diabetes saves lives. Type 1 diabetes can strike anyone at any age. At diagnosis of Type 1, approximately 42% of patients are in DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) in the United States. DKA is a life-threatening condition that can occur from a delayed diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. This is a solvable problem and an issue where awareness can make a meaningful difference.

Our Warning Signs of Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Campaign is designed to place the warning signs of Type 1 diabetes — including excessive thirst, frequent urination, unexplained weight-loss, and severe fatigue — in front of as many people as possible through strategic partnerships, volunteer advocates, and PSAs encouraging the public to immediately see their healthcare provider for a blood glucose or urine test in an effort to avoid DKA at diagnosis.

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About the Campaign

Since its launch in 2016, Beyond Type 1’s Warning Signs Campaign has been distributed in 25 states and territories to over 28,000 pediatric offices, serving over 90 million patients annually through partnerships with state chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Based on this success, in 2020, Beyond Type 1 collaborated with the National Association of School Nurses to get the warning signs of Type 1 diabetes in front of audiences of all kinds. Supported by a generous grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the Warning Signs Campaign has been distributed to tens of thousands of school nurses across the country and other groups in Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Additionally, global awareness efforts are rolling in:

Canada – British Columbia
New Zealand

“Beyond Type 1 refuses to accept that DKA is a common complication of T1D diagnosis. This is an awareness problem. And awareness problems have solutions. We’re proud to lead the charge to solve this problem in the USA, and eventually, globally. We’re proud to represent the voices of this community. And we’re proud to put our energy behind such an important cause.”

-Thom Scher, Beyond Type 1 CEO

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Special Thanks

We’d like to thank the dozens of volunteers across the US and New Zealand who have helped and continue to help us reach pediatrician offices with Type 1 Warning Signs posters and materials.

Special thanks to the following parent/family advocates who have successfully championed the DKA awareness campaign with the local AAP chapters in their home state:
Annie Graff
Justin Flores
Carolann Nichols

Cindy Ward
*Special thanks to The Barbara Davis Center for their campaign partnership!

Samantha Merwin

Joe and Hope Hampton

Meredith Gibson Rosser

Joan Benedetto

Abbie Lawalin

Sierra Sandison

Michelle Berman

Sara Weiss

Dawn Mifsud
Missouri (Approved w/special request)
Donna Whipple

Montana (Approved w/special request)
Michelle Berman

Kimberly and Daniel Ritter

New Jersey
Dr. Jeannete Greer

North Carolina
Darice Oxendine
Tom Karlya

Malissa Sarver

Corianne Blotevogel

Michelle Berman
Deborah Healy

Carolyn Boardman
Amy Josefy

West Virginia
Becky Causey
Felicia Myers
Melissa Roberson
Sara Robinson
British Columbia
Patricia Schellenberg
Special thanks to all parents/adults/children who shared their diagnosis stories on the DKA campaign materials to help raise awareness about T1D warning signs.

Thank you to Suzanne Yunghans and Dr. Denise Salerno of PAAAP. Thank you to Michelle Berman and Debbie Healy for acting as parent leaders both within Pennsylvania and nationally. Thank you to Tom Karlya for helping us visualize a nationwide campaign that stands out. Thank you to Victor Garber for lending his talents to our audio and video campaign components. Thank you to Marla Oringer and Jill Aberman for acting as Canadian parent leaders.


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