About Diabetic Charitable Services

Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death and is an epidemic and does not seem to be slowing down.  Our focus has been to educate the younger population on weight, diet, and exercise.  While diabetes is more likely adult onset, a federal study found that diabetes rates have increased in younger people.  Another area that we are involved in is gestational diabetes.  We follow these patients through pregnancy and each is given the essential testing supplies and referred to one of our medical partners for prenatal care.  During the past 14 years  we have screened over 20,000 patients for diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, and body mass index.  The free screenings were held in the under-served communities around Tampa Bay.  DCS has also provided testing supplies to over 8,000 uninsured and under-served patients so they can monitor their blood glucose levels at home.

DCS does not receive any federal funding and we rely solely on fund-raisers.  Without continued support from our communities our mission could not be fulfilled.

 

Rondé Barber

Honorary Chair

With the same quiet determination that he showed on the field, barber particularly sought out young, grassroots charities, hoping not only to help these new organizations build a strong base of support, but with the express of intention of long-term association.  he became involved with Diabetic Charitable Services, 501C3 organization based in St. Petersburg, in 2001, only a year after its inception.  though just starting out, DCS' vision of increasing diabetes awareness, preventing the disease's onset through identification of high-risk persons, and the minimization of long-term complications through early detection and education in support of healthy lifestyles, struck a chord with Barber.

Over the next 13 years, Barber worked closely with DCS, and he continues to this day, hosting several special fundraising events each year, a huge help for the blossoming charity.  In turn, DCS has been able to provide free screening for over 20,000 people in under-served communities around the Tampa Bay area and free testing supplies to over 8,000 uninsured patients, allowing for the continuation of blood glucose level monitoring.

Given his level of community involvement, perhaps the most notable this about Barber us his understated approach toward giving and volunteering.   Never one to sing his own praises, Barber had quietly, but firmly inserted himself into several notable causes, working not to gain public recognition, but due to a genuine feeling of caring and dedication to improving lives in the Bay Area.

Jack Oberding

Founder

Jack W. Oberding is the President of the Board of Directors for Diabetic Charitable Service (DCS).

While the owner of Diabetic Service Foundation, a company that supplied testing supplies to diabetic patients throughout the United States, Mr. Oberding observed the devastating side effects caused by diabetes, particularly in the under-served and uninsured populations. This regrettable insight was his inspiration for starting DCS, a 501 (c) 3 Non-profit organization in April of 2000.  The charity’s sole mission was to find persons who are at high risk for developing diabetes, and educate them on the proper methods to treat or prevent this disease.

Although retired, Mr. Oberding remains active with DCS and under his direction, DCS has steadily pursued its mission for 15 years, helping over 20,000 uninsured or under-served patients to date.

Ann Torgusen

Coordinator

Ann has been with Diabetic Charitable Services (DCS) for 14 years as the Charity Coordinator.  DCS was established  in April 2000 as a 501 C 3 non-profit organization.

Our mission is to sponsor screenings for the early detection of diabetes through free screenings in the Tampa Bay Area.  Our vision is to increase awareness and provide the tools to help people take action to decrease risk factors and minimize the development of complications long-term.

DCS does not receive any federal funding and we rely on donations  from the community and fundraising.  This year we were chosen to do three golf tournaments, A Wine Tasting and a Bass Fishing Tournament.  These events have made it possible to continue the mission in our community.

DCS would like to invite you to plan a free screening for your church, school, health fair in the Tampa Bay area.  DCS will supply all of the testing supplies for the event including meters, strips for diabetic testing along with cholesterol and Body Mass Index.  I would be happy to help you plan the event.

We have formed a partnership with PDQ and DCS will be doing screenings at their stores starting in November.  Our first screening is scheduled for November which is Diabetes Month. We will be doing at least one screening a month so check with your PDQ store in your neighborhood.

Joe DiFabio

Vice President

Joe DiFabio is a founder of DDP Medical Supply and serves as its President and CEO.  Joe holds a seat on the Board of Directors for Diabetic Charitable Services as the Vice President.

Mr. DiFabio helped found Diabetic Charitable Services. From day one, DDP Medical Supply has provided and shipped the medical products that allow DCS to fulfill its mission statement, servicing the uninsured and under-served clients in the Tampa Bay Area.  These products are used for screenings as well as educational events, for interested groups including churches, hospitals, community free clinics, corporations, other community and faith-based organizations, youth groups, senior groups and schools in the Tampa Bay area.  Through his support of DCS, Mr. DiFabio and DDP demonstrates a committed to empowering persons to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles.

Brian O'Neil

Secretary

Brian T. O’Neill is the father of two children, Jack age 14 and Reilly age 12.  He and his wife Heather have been married for 16 years.  Brian is an owner of DDP Medical Supply, a medical wholesale company located in Saint Petersburg, Florida.  One of DDP’s core competencies is the distribution of diabetes related products.  In his sales capacity at DDP, working with durable medical equipment companies and pharmacies across the country, Brian is constantly exposed to the devastating side effects caused by diabetes.  Brian got involved with Diabetic Charitable Services because of DCS’s mission, aiding in the early detection of diabetes and assisting patients who are unable to afford testing supplies.   Brian is no stranger to charity work, having spent 9 years as a volunteer youth soccer coach and he is currently in his 5th year as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America. Brian loves the outdoors and is an avid golfer.

Linda Gorbet

Treasurer

Linda Gorbet is the Office Manager with DDP Medical Supply and has been with them since 1998.  She has been involved with Diabetic Charitable Services since the very beginning of the charity in 2000 as a volunteer and has helped at or been involved with all the charity events.  She became the Treasurer of the Charity in 2005.

Linda has been involved in the day to day sales of diabetic and medical supplies and also has many family members who have diabetes.  She has seen first-hand how diabetes can affect a person’s life.  Linda’s husband Gene who recently passed away was a diabetic and was on dialysis for six years.  Linda and her two sons witnessed daily the devastating effects that diabetes can have on someone’s life physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Working with the charity has given her the chance to help many, many people to be able to get the help they need to fight this disease.