The Michelle McGann Fund’s mission and purpose is to empower families with the support and education they need to ensure a health today and tomorrow for their child. Some of the many complications from type 1 diabetes – such as vision problems, blindness, kidney disease, hypertension, amputations and others – can be avoided or minimized when children get the best treatment possible. Further, quality of life improves when type 1 diabetics follow proper preventive and treatment protocols.
The Michelle McGann Fund receives donations and awards grants for furthering juvenile diabetes management in three areas: awareness, education and support. The mission of the Fund is to promote a healthy lifestyle now and in the future for individuals and families dealing with a new type 1 diabetes diagnosis.
“I started playing golf at age 7, and haven’t looked back, even when diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13. While life is full of challenges, it is also full of joy. I’ve been playing for decades on the LPGA and Legends Tours, and I have loving and supportive family, friends, fans, and supporters like you.”
“It is both a privilege and an honor to be able to generate much needed support to assist children and their families who live day-to-day fighting type 1 diabetes.”
Born out of a desire to advance type 1 diabetes awareness, education and support, The Michelle McGann Fund encourages and supports organizations with similar missions to promote improved diabetic health. Through the judicious use of donations and efficient awarding of funds, it also promotes improved diabetes management.
When Michelle McGann was merely 13 years old, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It wasn’t the greatest news for a young girl with grand sporting aspirations to hear, but it became her biggest motivator to push herself and settle for nothing other than greatness. Upon learning about her condition, young Michelle only had one question in mind: “Can I still play golf?” She played, she excelled, and she made a name for herself in golf against stifling odds. Her three-decade-long professional journey has taken her to many places near and far, but in the end, all her roads lead back to Palm Beach County, where she grew up and where she currently resides. Aside from her continued participation in golf tournaments, Michelle now dedicates herself to helping children and adults that suffer from diabetes in her own way and through her own device.
Camp Coral Kids, a unique camp for children with diabetes, received a generous donation from The Michelle McGann Fund, as well as a visit from professional golfer, Michelle McGann, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 13. McGann presented Broward Health’s Camp Coral Kids with a check for $7,500 which will provide 20 scholarships to attend the camp where children with diabetes ages 5 1/2 – 11 can connect with others who understand what they are going through in a fun, educational and medically supervised environment.