The Northwest Juvenile Diabetes Foundation was established by two siblings, one with type I diabetes and the other, a registered nurse. At the age of ten when Matthew was diagnosed with type I diabetes, his whole world changed, and so did his family’s. Anyone living with type I diabetes will tell you that it’s a family disease and your whole day revolves around “your number.” When Matthew went to a basketball camp solely for type I diabetics, he learned how to live actively with the disease, become responsible, and form special friendships with other kids who understand one another and the daily challenges of living with this disease. Matthew wants to help give other kids this opportunity. Kathleen graduated from Gonzaga University in 2015 with a vision of going out into the world to make a difference in the lives of others. She is passionate about finding a cure for type I diabetes for her brother and for all the children who battle this life-threatening, chronic disease each day. Together they feel that they can do their part through funding the latest research, improving the quality of life of children, and preventing complications of the disease through education. We are committed to making a difference in the lives of others, one step at a time. Please contact us to become involved in the organization or to make a donation.


The Northwest Juvenile Diabetes Foundation facilitates community events to educate, raise awareness, and make dreams become a reality for juvenile diabetics. We fund scholarships to type I diabetic children’s camps that teach and empower children to effectively manage the disease through staying active, playing sports, and participating in activities, while at the same time developing a nutritional lifestyle. Additional fundraising efforts go directly towards the latest research for a cure for type I diabetes.


The Northwest Juvenile Diabetes Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for type I diabetic children.

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