Diabetes Training Camp Foundation
The mission of the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation
is to: inspire, motivate and educate by delivering unique and customized programs and coaching that empower the community of people with diabetes to thrive.
The main program that the Foundation currently funds is the Diabetes Training Camp week-long or weekend camp sessions. The Foundation also provides scholarships to camp through generous individual and corporate donations.
Diabetes Training Camp Foundation (EIN: 47-2857170) is an Illinois not for profit corporation. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent provided by the law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous donation.
DTC Foundation BOARD of DIRECTORS
Dr. Matthew Corcoran, MD, Diabetes Training Camp Founder, President & CEO, Medical Director, Diabetes Program, Shore Physicians Group
Isabel Halpin Allen, Masterpiece Advertising Design
Conor Smith, President, BOSS Group
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Diabetes Training Camp Foundation brings one-of-a-kind, life changing programs to people living with diabetes. Through education around clinical diabetes, nutrition and mental skills, Diabetes Training Camp (DTC) Foundation teaches people how to live the life they want to live, while managing their diabetes and not limiting their potential.
DTC Foundation’s flagship programs and camps have mainly focused on those living with Type 1 diabetes. Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes, is an auto-immune disease in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to control blood sugar levels and allows sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy.
Type 1 diabetes is a 24/7 disease that requires constant management. People with T1D continuously and carefully balance insulin intake with eating, exercise and other activities. They also measure blood-sugar levels through finger pricks, ideally at least six times a day, or by wearing a continuous glucose monitor.
For someone living with T1D, exercising and being active can be one of the most challenging things they undertake. Their bodies do not regulate fuel metabolism or glucose levels like those of us without diabetes. As a result, their glucose levels can go very high or very low, dangerously low at times.
DTC Foundation offers people living with T1D the tools they need to feel knowledgeable, empowered and confident to manage their blood glucose levels while unlocking their full athletic potential. In addition, we offer a community of staff and other campers who “get it.”
Words used by our camp alumni to describe DTC are, “life-changing,” “magical,” “amazing,” “life-saving.” Here is one testimonial:
“It was a week of wonder, a week of learning, a week of ability. I was attempting everything that was offered. I was 19 again and no one was laughing! Everyone was encouraging. It was motivational, educational and helped me to build a level of self confidence that I have never known. It helped me build self reliance. What a difference a week makes when all you have is support and guidance, when all you want to do is to reach out and help yourself. It was all there. I am so grateful to have had such an opportunity.”
Diabetes Training Camp Foundation is committed to helping more people living with diabetes to unlock the athlete within and be exactly what they dream to be. In the past year we have added programming for teen athletes living with diabetes and their parents and in early 2019 we will offer a program for people living with Type 2 diabetes.
DTC Foundation STAFF
Matthew Corcoran, MD
Diabetes Training Camp Founder, President & CEO Medical Director, Diabetes Program, Shore Physicians Group
Dr. Matthew Corcoran is founder and president of Diabetes Training Camp Foundation, a unique clinical resource entirely devoted to providing general fitness and multi-sport camps and services for teens and adults with diabetes. The mission of the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation is to inspire, motivate and educate by delivering unique and customized programs and coaching that empower the community of people with diabetes to thrive.
Dr. Corcoran earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine before moving to the University of Chicago Hospitals and completing his internship and residency in internal medicine, and fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism. Dr. Corcoran is board-certified in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and currently works for Shore Physicians Group in South Jersey.
Dr. Corcoran is recognized nationally and internationally in diabetes, exercise & sport and speaks nationally on the topic. Corcoran has worked extensively with recreational and endurance athletes with diabetes, and has consulted with high school, collegiate, Olympic & professional athletes with type 1 diabetes. He was recently honored for his work as a physician and educator by the American Diabetes Association as one of twelve diabetes “Game Changers” in their 2016 People to Know edition of their Diabetes Forecast publication. Corcoran’s commitment to improving the lives of those with diabetes extends to his work as a member of the Board of Directors for both the South Jersey Chapter of JDRF and Diabetes Training Camp Foundation.
Dr. Corcoran is a gifted speaker and teacher committed to advocacy for people with diabetes. He and his wife Jody, and their sons Brennan and Finn, call Margate City, New Jersey home and love spending time together being active outdoors.
DTC Foundation, Development
Kimberly Neely has been a professional fundraiser for over 20 years. During that time, she has established strong and long-lasting relationships with individual and corporate donors built around the shared mission of advancement. She has worked primarily for the Pennsylvania State University, where she created Penn State’s first parent fundraising program, and The Foundation for Mount Nittany Health, where she managed the day-to-day activity of the Foundation and conducted its first-ever capital campaign. Kim’s professional fundraising experience ranges from special events and direct mail fundraising, to grant writing and annual giving, to major gifts and planned giving. She currently volunteers with Diabetes Training Camp Foundation, a Penn State affiliated breast cancer advocacy and awareness organization and the United Way of Centre County. Kim holds a bachelor of arts degree in English with a journalism concentration, and masters of science in public relations. She is the recipient of the Spirit of Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has received certificates for leadership and supervisory training from Penn State.
DTC Foundation, Operations, Marketing & PR
Jody Corcoran manages and plans Diabetes Training Camps year round as well as leads operations, marketing, PR and branding for Diabetes Training Camp Foundation and its services. She is very passionate about growing Diabetes Training Camp and offering DTC’s unique life-changing services to more people.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University Newhouse School and worked in corporate communications, marketing and public relations for 18 years at Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies including The Rite Aid Corporation, The Hershey Company and Pfizer. Her corporate roles included public relations, brand communications and corporate communications. She has expertise in strategic communications, integrated marketing communications, strategic product launches, promotion and brand publicity, celebrity partnerships and implementation of charitable and corporate social responsibility programs. She has worked on many award winning brand launches and promotional programs including for the Advil, Hershey, Chapstick and Centrum brands. Jody is thrilled to have joined Matt and the DTC team to concentrate her talents on growing and spreading the word about Diabetes Training Camp Foundation.
DTC Foundation, Operations Administration
Sharon has been living with Type I since 1979 and continues to be amazed at not only how well she can live with the disease but seeing how many other people are thriving as well! This eye-opening exposure is entirely due to Diabetes Training Camp (DTC). Prior to her first DTC Sharon had very little interaction with other Type I’s and couldn’t ever remember spending time with another Type I athlete. After her second camp Sharon has become a dedicated advocate and amateur educator- happily answering people’s questions about ‘what’s that on your arm (Dexcom)’ and life with Type 1 in general. She was delighted to join the DTC administration staff in 2016. Sharon participates in whatever sports strike her interest. She’s an avid (and sometimes frustrated) golfer who loves to get the benefit of walking the course while playing. She counts her husband Andy as her biggest supporter and champion and loves taking long walks with him and their precious pooch Paisley.