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Volunteer Spotlight - Say Hello To The Ultimate Swimmer – Mrs. Jeanne Braun!!!!!

On January 29, 2016, Mrs. Jeanne Braun celebrated her 91st birthday

She is a spirited individual who at the wonderful age of 91 continues to do great things including assisting others through her annual one mile swim which raises funds for the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. The former Spanish teacher has raised over $7900 in the time that she has been participating in the Swim for Diabetes, which is estimated to be approximately 18 years or longer. Braun learned about the agency swim while participating in the Senior Olympics at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

“I had a sister, two nephews and a niece who were severe diabetics. My primary love is swimming. So I thought it was great, I had something I loved and could do to support something like people with diabetes. That’s how I got started,” Braun remarked. She celebrated 62 years of marriage with her husband, Karl in July 2014, who unfortunately passed away a few months later, after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Braun mentioned that her spouse was a great educator whose primary focus was Science and Biology. Braun started swimming in her late 50's and continued to participate over the years and considers the sport to be therapy for herself in a number of facets. She even rhymes to herself in the pool while swimming. 

“Swimming is my joy” Braun added.  The Springfield, Ohio resident, originally became accustomed to swimming two miles while completing in the Senior Olympics, but officials deemed the distance to be too dangerous, so she was regulated back to swimming one mile, which she continues to do, particularly once a year as a fundraiser for the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. 

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association would like to take this time to acknowledge Mrs. Braun's great milestone and celebrate her as a person, for continuing to do something she loves, while at the same time helping others.

Masons Continue To Support Children With Diabetes

We want to thank the Masons for their visit to our recent board meeting to present a check to support our camps for kids with diabetes and to give us a defibrillator to have on hand if needed for our clients and campers!  

Since 1987 the Royal & Select Masons Grand Council of Ohio Benevolent Fund has contributed $312,000 towards our Camp Program.  During those 27 years we have had nearly 6,000 kids attend our camps.

Knowing that the cost for all campers is offset and that over 50% received partial or full camperships, means that the funds the Mason’s have donated have helped many children receive an important camp experience that may have otherwise been out of reach.

The Masons have not only made financial contribution,  but have also given countless hours of sweat equity in helping to load and unload camp trucks, provide transportation and volunteer at special events.

Once again Masons Thanks for your continued support.


Volunteers, We're Looking For You!

If you live in Central Ohio and are one of those special people who give of themselves to help others, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association would like you for a volunteer.

For many years, volunteers like you have enabled the Central Ohio Diabetes Association to grow and better serve Central Ohioans with diabetes. There are many ways to get involved, so there is something for everyone. And whether you give one hour a month or one hour a week, your support is needed and will be greatly appreciated.

Volunteer Opportunities


Central Ohio Diabetes Association works throughout the year to find individuals with undetected diabetes. From businesses to senior citizen's communities, Central Ohio Diabetes Association tries to screen people of all ages and all walks of life. For this program we need volunteers who are familiar with or wish to learn diabetes blood testing. Our screenings are ongoing throughout the year--mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends, so there is a time which suits everyone's schedule. If you would like to help with the detection program, but do not wish to give the blood test, we need people to assist with information forms and to pass out literature.

Mailings and Office Work

Thousands of pieces of mail leave the Central Ohio Diabetes Association office each year to keep people in Central Ohio informed of Central Ohio Diabetes Association's programs and services. How do we handle that tremendous volume so efficiently? Well, we couldn't do it without people like you. Volunteers help us stuff envelopes and label our mailings, so that people with diabetes will be up-to-date on all that's happening at Central Ohio Diabetes Association and in the diabetes field.

In addition to mailings, Central Ohio Diabetes Association needs volunteers to help with office work such as answering phones, copying, word processing and other clerical tasks.

Special Events

What do the Family Fun Walk and Run, Celebrities For Diabetes, and the Len Immke Memorial Swing For Diabetes fund raisers have in common? They all depend on people like you to make them a success. These programs allow volunteers to have a fun and exciting time while helping Central Ohio Diabetes Association raise money, which is crucial for the agency's numerous programs and services to exist. There is so much to be done behind the scenes and during the event we can find an exciting place and part for everyone who wants to get involved.


There is nothing more rewarding than spending a day, a weekend or a week working with the Central Ohio Diabetes Association youth program. These children and teens with diabetes have a great time while learning self-management. Central Ohio Diabetes Association sponsors two day camps and a three-week residential camp. That's not to mention other fun special events such as an Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween and Holiday parties. Central Ohio Diabetes Association's Youth Director is always looking for adult leaders and counselors to assist with the youth programs.