The Frannie Foundation will mainly focus on Type II Diabetes and other complications, which arise from the disease.
Complications, which are diabetes-related include, but are not limited to, heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, neuropathy (nervous system disease), amputation and ultimately premature death.
Unfortunately Frances Scebor’s co-morbidities included high blood pressure, kidney disease, neuropathy, amputation, infection and ultimately death at age 52. This was a person who was educated in the disease state and followed by a group of renowned doctors. Again, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease do not discriminate. Persistence of regular treatment and preventative measures, as well as patient and family education, are of utmost importance.
The Foundation will attempt to raise awareness to the general public, focusing on patient education as well as financially support those individuals who are not able to cover medical costs associated with Diabetes and other Cardiovascular-related Diseases. The Foundation will join forces with the pharmaceutical community as well as local hospitals to facilitate awareness, prevention and treatment and management of the disease. In addition, the Foundation will financially support those individuals who require extra assistance with basic needs to ensure a better quality of life. Examples would be, but are not limited to:
- Provide a light-weight wheelchair for a diabetic who has had an amputation
- Provide blankets for a dialysis unit, as patients who are undergoing dialysis tend to become cold during the process
- Provide insulin needles/blood sugar finger prick needles to those individuals whose insurance does not cover all costs, those who do not have insurance or simply those who cannot afford the necessities to manage the disease