Diabetes Canada presents Pump Couture Fashion Show, an evening dedicated to changing the conversation around the stigma of living with diabetes, while staying fiercely fashionable! Pump Couture is about inclusivity and empowering diverse groups of people affected by diabetes. Based on the success of the 2022 Pump Couture event in Ontario, Diabetes Canada is taking Pump Couture Fashion Show across Canada – from coast to coast!
Join us this June in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Toronto or Halifax. Click on your community link for more information on how to get involved and purchase tickets.
Every day, 640 Canadians are diagnosed with diabetes. That is 1 person every 3 minutes. And unfortunately, that rate is not slowing down.
Body positivity is an issue many people struggle with and can be exacerbated for those living with diabetes. The need to wear medical devices and scarring on the body from insulin injections and insulin pump sites being constant reminders of the individual’s condition.
Featuring models of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and identities living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, Pump Couture will not only showcase fashion, but will highlight the models’ stories and experiences living with diabetes to bring visibility to an “invisible disease.”
Addressing negative misunderstandings about diabetes and working to change views that cause stigma is an important priority for Diabetes Canada, as we work to improve the quality of life for those living with diabetes.
In Support of Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps Programs
Type 1 diabetes introduces children, youth, and families to a new reality, one that can make some kids feel different from their friends. A diagnosis also brings with it a whole new set of skills to learn, including testing blood glucose (sugar) levels, priming needles for injection, and counting the daily intake of carbs. Many young people often find themselves being the only person at their school or in their community with diabetes and it can be challenging to accept a diagnosis.
D-Camps are medically supervised summer camps for kids living with type 1 diabetes that foster inclusion and create a sense of belonging for campers. Diabetes Canada operates nine summer D-Camps across Canada and ten family camp programs, which are attended by more than 1,900 children and youth living with type 1 diabetes. The goal of D-Camps is to foster an atmosphere of inclusivity where campers gain a new level of independence in managing their type 1 diabetes and feel empowered to continue using the healthy practices they learn.
Diabetes Canada provides subsidies each year to ensure all children with type 1 diabetes can attend camp regardless of financial circumstances. Proceeds from the Pump Couture Fashion Shows will help send kids from your community to D-Camps, providing them with the opportunity to enjoy a life-changing summer camp experience.
To learn more about D-Camps, visit www.diabetes.ca/dcamps
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