Jeff Hitchcock, CWD’s founder and president, was selected to receive the ISPAD Hero Award for 2021 in recognition of his work in creating and running Children with Diabetes and for the impact that CWD’s Friends for Life conferences have had on families living with type 1 diabetes.
The ISPAD Hero Award identifies and honors non-clinicians* from around the world who have developed projects with a broad impact, thus contributing to improving and transforming the lives of many young people with diabetes. The project selected must have impacted the lives of several children, adolescents or young adults (rather than an isolated project that contributed to the well-being of one individual with diabetes). The award is given based on the nominee’s work in leadership, commitment, compassion in care, partnership, breadth and depth of efforts, and impact. The awardee is invited to attend ISPAD’s Annual Conference to officially receive the award, during ISPAD’s Networking & Recognition Evening.
ISPAD’s 2021 conference was held virtually due to COVID.
*Someone who is not working as a healthcare professional, e.g., not working as a primary care giver of a patient in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, clinic, or patient’s home.