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About Us

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CDN works for the day when all young adults with diabetes are motivated and equipped
to live a healthy life, so they can pursue their dreams without compromise.

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What is CDN?

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The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is singularly focused on providing young adults with T1D the peer connections they value, and expert resources they need, to successfully manage the challenging transition to independence at college and beyond.

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Meet Our Staff!

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Our History

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The founder of CDN, Christina Roth, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 14. While studying at the University of Massachusetts, she felt isolated because her peers didn’t understand how difficult it was to juggle classes, T1D, extracurriculars, and a social life. She started the first College Diabetes Network Chapter in 2009 and was able to find other students like herself on campus and across the country. As students from across the country found CDN and wanted to be involved, Christina filed for and received 501c3 non-profit status in 2010.

What started as a student group on a single campus soon brought to light a significant gap in information, resources, and programs specific for young adults with this chronic illness. Christina quickly realized there was no support for young adults making this major life transition. They could learn from their peers about strategies and they could communicate with each other in-person and online. They didn’t have to go through the same struggles that she had.

She decided to take the lead in addressing the problem. After graduation, she ran CDN as her “5 to 10” job, until she realized it was where her true passion was. She took a chance and quit her job in 2012 to run CDN full-time.Today, CDN is a national organization serving thousands of students, their families, and their support network.