It was May 26, 2014, at the Evening of Hope gala event. 43 stellar young students (40 from Ontario and 3 from Nova Scotia) were being awarded with scholarships from the Diabetes Hope Foundation (DHF). These promising young individuals, with Type 1 Diabetes, were being recognized for their academic, sports, and community accomplishments.
There was excitement in the air as they gathered to celebrate their achievements and receive their scholarships. Elizabeth Dellio was one of the incredible young scholarship recipients. Elizabeth, from Mississauga, ON, was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000. Since then she has received the Diabetes Citizen of the Year award from the Hospital for Sick Children and the Cardinal Carter Alter Server award from the Archdiocese of Toronto.
An active volunteer in her community, and an honour roll student, Elizabeth aspires to become a lawyer. It was very fitting then that her scholarship—the Jeremy and Judith Freedman Family Scholarship—was presented by Joseph Falconeri (partner at Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP and Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Diabetes Hope Foundation) along with Emma Gregg (associate at Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP.)
Joe and Emma were pleased to be part of this special evening. It was a celebration of hope for young people living with diabetes. Hope in the knowledge that they can thrive in school and in sports, and live full and productive lives, while simultaneously managing diabetes.
The Diabetes Hope Foundation was founded in 1999. That first year, DHF awarded scholarships to four exceptional students with diabetes as part of their mission to help and support youth living with diabetes. They have since given out more than 500 scholarships!