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Crafting Hope:

Diabadass Insulin Access Summit

You're invited to an online series of personal stories, workshops, and team challenges to address the issues of insulin access.

October 22nd to 24th

Team Challenges on Saturday

Ticket pricing is free, suggested contribution, or pay what you want.

All paid tickets will receive a special gift.



Learn The Stories and Facts of Insulin Access

Want to become better informed about insulin affordability? Hear directly from people involved with the insulin for all movement, where to find facts to back up statements, and how find your supporters:

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Nicole Smith-Holt 

Becoming an advocate after the death of my son Alec Smith from insulin rationing. Finding my voice to advocate for affordable and accessible insulin4all.

Saturday Oct 24th 11:30am EST.

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Emmanuel Kisembo

Addressing Social Determinants of Health: a conversation with the Sonia Nabeta Foundation (SNF). A discussion about the barriers that children with T1D in Africa currently face and how SNF attempts to address them. 

Saturday Oct 24th 10:30am EST

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Brandon Mouw

Finding Hope, Brandon shares his story of 31 years with diabetes and a pancreas only transplant in 2018. Insulin kept him alive for 31 years, an organ donor saved his life. His journey with Diabetes is a survivor's story. 

Thursday October 22nd 7:00pm EST


Local to 
Global Change

How do we make affordable insulin reality?

An issue this big and complex needs every hand and body. Join their journey to discover your way to become involved:

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Qiana Drew

Qiana shares her personal story as a performing artist and type 1 diabetic, as well as how insulin access impacted her recovery from Diabulemia. Her original song, "You Are Not Alone," is dedicated to this experience and the diabetes community.

Friday Oct 23rd 7:30pm EST - Happy Hour Performance

Saturday Oct 24th 1:00pm EST  - Open Conversation with Qiana 

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View a short teaser of the documentary then meet and brainstorm with the producers behind the film. PAY OR DIE: A DOCUMENTARY is still in production and seeking funding, you can donate to their go fund me here.

Thursday Oct 22nd 8:00pm EST

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Lauren Tripp

Creating a T1D Emergency Fund in my county. Learn how Lauren set up the fund and why advocacy, local and global, is so important. Read her Instagram posts on #CraftingHope

Friday Oct 23rd 6:30pm EST (Pre-recorded Presentation) 


Guided break sessions to restore our energy and mindset

Take 30 - 60 minutes following our coaches to move our bodies at home, prepare healthy snacks, and take time for ourselves

Sam Tullman

Sam Tullman

Guided meditation to refocus our breath and bodies. In the midst of intensity and emotion, both hopeful and challenging, that come up during this summit, let’s take a brief pause to touch back in with our bodies. 30 mins. 

Thursday Oct 22nd 9:00pm EST

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Iman Marghoob MS, RD

Integrated nutrition session with registered dietitian focused on holistic health.Okra Collard Green Stew recipe and Cauliflower with Nigella Seed recipe sent ahead so all can follow along. 

Friday Oct 23rd 5:00pm EST

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Mia Fasanella

Hailing from New York City, she grounds her community in regular yoga practices that we can all do right at our computer. All levels welcome, no need to worry about pauses for lows or to check your blood sugar. 45 mins.

Saturday Oct 24th 9:00am EST

Accountability & 

Putting truth behind these words

How can leadership and our community create solutions so our voice is at the table when actions are made? Can we bring lessons from other industries into the diabetes community to turn empty statements into action plans?

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Elizabeth Pfiester

Founded on Authenticity: why T1International says no to pharma. Q&A with the Executive Director.

Thursday Oct 22nd 12:00pm EST

Diabetes Research Institute

Sean Kramer

Join the CEO of Diabetes Research Institute Foundation for an interview about hope for a cure. 

Saturday Oct 24th 3pm EST

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Marc Fasanella

Insulin for All: Collective Action & Advocacy l Lessons from Recent History

Saturday Oct 24th 4pm EST

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Anthony D. Open Insulin Founder

Team of biohackers who believe that insulin should be freely available to anybody who needs it. Developing the first open-source organisms for insulin production that will be practical for small-scale, locally-based groups to use. 

Saturday October 24th 5:15pm EST


Friday and Saturday

Each night will be a chance to mix and mingle with the Diabadass community.

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Friday Happy Hour 7:30pm EST

A time for us all the come together to meet and greet everyone involved in the summit. Happy hour performance by Qiana Drew. Qiana is working on an EP that inspires hope for the diabetes community.

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Saturday Coffee Break 10:00am EST

"Coffee hour" is a 20 minute open zoom room after Saturday morning yoga practice to chat and get to know each other. A time to hang out before our first speaker of the day at 10:30am, Emmanuel Kisembo, of Sonia Nabeta Foundation. 

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Saturday Hot Cocoa Night 9:00pm EST

A fun way to connect with the diabadass community. Think of this as a virtual T1D meet up, a chance to relax and get cozy after our Summit weekend. Bring your own beverage of choice.

Our Schedule

Thursday October 22nd - Begin the Diabadass Crafting Hope: Virtual Summit on Insulin Access

12:00pm - 1:00pm EST: Elizabeth Pfiester, why T1International says no to Pharma. 

7:00 - 7:30pm EST: Meet Brandon Mouw. His journey with diabetes is truly a survivor's story. Speaking with him inspires hope. 15 min Presentation followed by 15 mins of Q&A. 

8:00 - 9:00pm EST: Meet the producers behind PAY OR DIE: A DOCUMENTARY that provides an inside look at how the soaring price of insulin is threatening—and even taking—the lives of people with type 1 diabetes in America.

9:00 - 9:30pm EST : Meditation practice with Sam Tullman. A brief pause to touch back in with our bodies.

Friday October 23rd - Second day of Crafting Hope

5:00 - 6:00pm EST : Integrative nutrition workshop, cooking demo and Q&A with Iman Marghoob MS, RD. 

6:30 - 7:00pm EST : Lauren Tripp Creating a T1D emergency fund in my county. How I set it up and why advocacy is so important. (Pre-Recorded Session)

7:30pm EST : Happy hour, meet & greet, and performance by Qiana Drew. Qiana is working on an EP that inspires hope for the diabetes community. She will debut one of her original songs.

Saturday October 24th - Team challenges and closing event

9:00 - 9:45am EST : Yoga Practice with Mia Fasanella. 

10:00 - 10:20am EST : "Coffee hour" open Zoom room to chat and get to know each other.

10:30 - 11:00am EST : Addressing Social Determinants of Health. A conversation with Emmanuel Kisembo, Program Manager, Special Initiatives, Sonia Nabeta Foundation. 

11:30am - 12:30pm EST : Nicole Smith-Holt Becoming an advocate after the death of my son Alec Smith from insulin rationing. 

1:00pm - 1:45pm EST : Qiana Drew shares her personal story as a performing artist and how insulin access impacted her recovery from diabulemia. 

3:00 - 3:45pm EST : Join Sean Kramer, CEO Diabetes Research Institute for an interview about hope for a cure.

4:00 - 5:00pm EST : Marc Fasanella Insulin for All: Collective Action & Advocacy | Lessons from Recent History

5:15 - 6:00pm EST : Open Insulin Project, a team of biohackers who believe that insulin should be freely available to anybody who needs it. 

9:00pm EST - Hot Cocoa Night to catch up and hang out. All are welcome. Zoom link will be available on summit's home page. Invite friends by clicking here.

After the weekend, follow up summarizing our stories, ideas, and ways to continue the movement

Get Involved Now

All Are Welcome.

Free. Suggested Price. Pay What You Can. Friend. Ally. Person Living With Any Type of Diabetes. All Colors. All Orientations. All Genders. All Ages. All.









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