Islets of Hope free diabetes supplies and insulin  for persons with diabetes

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We have provided this information for general information purposes only.  It is not intended to be a recommendation or endorsement of any program or entity.

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Financial & Assistance Programs for Persons with Diabetes

Free Insulin Pump and Pump Supplies Assistance Programs

Hock's offers 30-50% discounted prices on diabetes supplies.  We cannot specifically recommend or endorse any company but we have been listing Hock's in our resource directory for over a year as one of the two cheapest online companies to purchase from.  We recently affiliated with Hock's because our own experience with them has been so positive.  If you do place an order through our site, they will contribute financially towards our cause and you will get reasonable prices for diabetes supplies.

Where to start

If your doctor has recommended an insulin pump but you cannot afford one, start by calling the pump company. Most have some sort of assistance program or they may be able to direct you to other support organizations. Pump companies may even offer you a contracted or reduced rate if you plead your case. Even if they cannot offer you any financial assistance, if you they give you a cheaper price, you have less to find funding for to cover on your own.

Insulin pumps companies licensed to seel in the United States are:


Where to apply for assistance

Animas Corporation - Insulin pumps and supplies through the Diabetes Trust Fund (for children 21 and under with current health care coverage).  1-877-YES-PUMP (937-7867), ask to speak to Anne Barton at extension 1149.

Ashley's Diabetes Information Center.  This is a for-profit site rung by a mother of a child with diabetes. She offers visitors a place to post their need for supplies and encourages others who have extras to share.  Kimberly posts needs on her site and connects donors with those in need.  Donors then send supplies directly, at their own cost.  This is a grass-roots project and donors don't get tax receipts.  E-mail:  Kimberly Advent at:

Charles Ray III Diabetes Association offers free diabetes supplies for those that cannot afford the cost, all over the world. Pumps and pump supplies available here. The Charles Ray III Diabetes Association, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Children With Diabetes Foundation The mission of SCWDF is to provide short-term diabetes supplies for children with type 1 diabetes who are in emergency situations in which their families are unable to obtain the basic supplies for diabetes care.

Diabetes Hope Foundation Medical Assistance Program - 6150 Dixie Road, Unit 1, Mississauga, ON, CA, L5T2E2.  Contact Name: Barbara Pasternak, Email:  Services:  provides financial assistance and medical supplies such as insulin pumps or supplies not covered by OHIP for disadvantaged families. Diabetes Hope Scholarship Program provides scholarships to outstanding youth transitioning from paediatric to more self-directed adult health care programs as well as transitioning from high school to university or college. Our community Initiatives include Camp Huronda where we have funded many capital improvements to the waterfront, Nurse's Nest and Insulin Inn Infirmary. We also provide bursaries for underpriviledged children living with diabetes enabling them to attend camp for two weeks.

Diabetes Trust Foundation - 1530 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham,  AL  35294.  Phone:  800-577-1383, Fax:  205-975-4976.  Email:  Services:  The program helps provide pumps for children and teens based on medical and financial need. Pump maker Animas Corp. has partnered with DTF on the program.

Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc. - A supplier of insulin pumps foudned a children's foundation called Pumps For Kids. The mission of Pumps For Kids is to provide insulin pumps and supplies to children with diabetes who could benefit from pump therapy but whose families cannot afford the cost.

Pumps For Kids initially awarded 25 Disetronic insulin pumps and supplies to children across the United States. Applications for awarding pumps will be distributed to doctors around the country, who will have the opportunity to nominate kids with the requisite medical and financial need.

For more information about Pumps For Kids call Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc. at 800-280-7801., is the largest nonprofit organization serving the needs of insulin pumpers world-wide.  They are almost exclusively run by dedicated volunteers and offer financial assistance through their Insulin Pumpers Foundation program. Visit their main site for more information., Inc. - Offers some financial assistance to help with the purchase of the pump (see website for qualifications and restrictions).  Receives donated, used insulin pumps and when they have available doanted pumps they give them for free to qualifying children in need.  Contact the Assistance Program Director, for more information about programs currently funded.

Islets of Hope – Lists comprehensive assistance programs by state, as well as international resources for other countries.  Includes private, corporate, and government programs.  Click on “Assistance Programs” in their pull-down menu.

JDRF Canada - Win a Medtronic MiniMed® insulin pump! - From the JDRF Canada webiste:

    JDRF’s Count Me In program aims to build a database of Canadians affected by juvenile (Type 1) diabetes. Currently, there is no system in place to capture the amount of Canadians affected by this disease – a crucial number when trying to make the government take this disease more seriously.

    Also, when you count yourself in, you will receive an “Empowerment” package which will give you the tools needed to stay informed about the world of diabetes research, government advocacy, support, special offers, and fundraising opportunities to help us get to the finish line quicker.

    On top of all the items you receive as part of the Empowerment package, your name will also be placed in a draw to win a Medtronic Minimed Paradigm 512 insulin pump worth $6,400.


The Julie Love Assistance Program For Diabetics, Inc. - Their primary focus of fundraising is within the state of Michigan, but their programs reach individuals nationwide who cannot afford diabetic medical supplies and are not eligible for private insurance, Medicaid or assistance within their home state.  They assist with insulin pumps as well as with supplies.  Contact:  The Julie Love Assistance Program for Diabetics, Inc., 25521 Karen Street (Office), Oak Park, MI  48237.  Phone:  248-548-9628

Medtronic Mini-Med - For Insulin pumps and supplies through their Mini-Med Financial Assistance Program.  For more information call Medtronic at 1-800-MINI-MED.

Northwest Community Hospital - Patient Financial Services, 3060 Salt Creek Lane, Arlington Heights, Illinois. Phone:  847-618-4747.  Assists patients with diabetes regardless of their ability to pay.  If you do not have health insurance, please call a hospital financial counselor at the number indicated below. The financial counselor will review payment and funding options that may be available to you. These could include applying for Illinois Medicaid, Kid Care or Family Care programs, Illinois Crime Victims' Funds, other government-sponsored plans, grants, community funding, financial assistance and/or charity care. To apply for patient financial assistance at Northwest Community Hospital, please click here (.pdf) to download an application form, which you may print, complete and mail to the address listed on the form.  Financial Counselors can be reached at 847.618.4542.

Ontario government funding of insulin pumps to benefit children and families - Staff and physicians at Markham Stouffville Hospital’s paediatric diabetes clinic can now offer additional treatment options to more families as a result of the recent Ontario government decision to fund insulin pumps and related supplies for children with type 1 diabetes. As the only specialized program in York Region, the clinic will coordinate pump acquisition for eligible patients and provide mandatory training in addition to disease management education.

S.U.G.A.R. (Support Unlimited Guartanteed for Appliances Required) - A nonprofit Canadian group that provides assistance for diabetic devices to Canadians.  They receive donated insulin pumps and loan them out to clients in need.  Their address is:  S.U.G.A.R., 495 Enfield Road, Burlington, ON, L7T 2X5. Phone:  Phone: 905-632-0932, Fax:  905-632-0932.  E-mail:

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