Nonprofit Organizations

We have had the privilege of working with numerous nonprofit organizations over the past 15 plus years. While most of them are related to diabetes or cancer, we have also worked with international organizations focused on benefitting children. 

We have volunteered directly for:

  • JDRF – The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation focuses on funding research in the care, treatment and eventually cure for Type 1 Diabetes. We have worked in Colorado with walk teams for their OneWalk events and were on the annual gala organization committee, and in California as leaders of local support groups for families with Type 1 Diabetes.
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA) – A national organization, the ADA focuses on funding and advocacy for all types of Diabetes. Natalie and Jennifer were chosen to be a part of the delegation to visit Congress in 2020 (unfortunately canceled by COVID) and Jennifer continues to be an advocate for the ADA through contact with lawmakers and attending meetings.  Natalie attended ADA Diabetes Camp in Colorado for several years.
  • Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Foundation – The RMHC foundation provides funding for families who are going through an illness at their hospital. They provided us with gas cards, grocery cards, and even funding for karate lessons that doubled as physical therapy. In turn, the Griffin family and local Girl Scouts overhauled a community garden outside the oncology care center, so families could sit outside in an environment that was clean and safe.
  • Make-A-Wish Colorado – Make a Wish grants wishes for kids who are affected by a life changing or threatening illness. In Colorado, Jeremy was granted his wish for a Disney Cruise and was given the opportunity to represent wish kids at the Rock Canyon High School Wish Week in 2015, which raised nearly $66,000 for Make-A-Wish Colorado.
  • Make-A-Wish of Orange County and Inland Empire – Jennifer and Jeremy are Wish Ambassadors, speaking in groups about the wish program.
  • Avs Better Halves – is the fundraising organization run by the wives of the Colorado Avalanche players. Natalie was invited to participate in their fashion show on behalf of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation.
  • House of Treasures – is an organization focused on helping the homeless children of Pokhara, Nepal. They help with two children’s homes and have a farm training program that gives boys from the street job skills, housing and food until they are ready to become independent again.
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado and San Diego – Jennifer was a girl scout troop leader for 16 years in both San Diego and various Colorado schools.
  • #Insulin4all / T1International – An organization focused on advocating and educating the public on the cost of insulin and the danger of doing without. Jennifer and Natalie volunteer as speakers and advocates to lawmakers.
  • California Parent Teacher Association (CAPTA) – Jennifer is very active in the local PTA and PTSA as a member of the executive boards at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as the Murrieta Valley Unified School District Council of PTA’s. 

We have had the opportunity to participate in events hosted by these nonprofit organizations:

  • Shining Stars Foundation –The Shining Stars Foundation hosts camps and events for kids with cancer and their families. Their main event, The Aspen Winter Games, was Jeremy’s first chance to ski and do other “normal” activities after his cancer diagnosis. In addition to the Winter Games, they offer a summer camp and family camp for no cost to the attendees.
  • Camp Wapiyapi – is a Summer Camp program provided to children with cancer and their siblings in Estes Park, CO. Natalie and Jeremy participated in 2016.
  • Hockey Fights Cancer – is a fundraising and event organization for kids with cancer sponsored by the NHL. For two years in a row, Natalie and Jeremy were invited to the Pepsi Center to learn to skate, play hockey and just have fun with members of the Colorado Avalanche and the Ice Girls.
  • Camp Conrad Chinnock – Held in Big Bear, CA,  Camp Conrad Chinnock is a camp for kids with Type 1 Diabetes. They provide programs for kids of all ages who have Type 1 Diabetes with summer and winter camps, as well as family camps.
  • Seany Foundation / Oncology And Kids (OAK) – A San Diego area organization that gives kids with cancer a summer camp experience for no cost to the families. Jeremy has attended two in person sessions and one virtual camp in 2020.