Welcome to Juvenile Diabetes No Limits Foundation —
Check B4U Drive is Coming Back!
COVID has impacted many nonprofits that bring people together for events, activities and programs. Check B4U Drive has been offered since 2010 and the past couple of years have been challenging. We were conscious of not wanting to bring teens and parents together for an event when COVID was surging. 2021 seemed to bring a lot of promise for having COVID recede into the background — but with the recent surge, we wanted to wait as long as possible before getting events back on the calendar. We are planning to start again in Chicago. Please read more about CB4UD and use our registration form to get your name on our list for follow-up communications and email about exact dates and locations. (And please do it if you’re outside of the Chicago area too) Thank you!
JDNL started Check B4U Drive in 2010. The mission was (and still is) to help teens and young adults with Type 1 diabetes lead inspired lives. Many people with T1D choose a path of “no limits” — not allowing diabetes to limit their activities in sports, their chosen career field or family activities.
Diabetes is 24/7 – and while no cure exists, remarkable advancements have been made within the diabetes industry to help individuals monitor and manage diabetes with greater precision. Minimizing complications requires individuals with diabetes ‘be in control’ and be responsible. Ask anyone with diabetes (or a parent of a child or teen with diabetes) and they will talk about how it can consume their lives.
As a young person reaches driving age, they obtain more independence and become less reliant on others for their diabetes care and management. When parents, teachers, coaches, school nurses, siblings and friends aren’t around to help, young people with T1D must be ready to ‘take over’. This is especially true when becoming drivers.
JDNL is different from foundations focusing on medical and scientific research for specific diseases. Information they provide is important and we encourage you to visit their websites.
JDNL’s goal is to bring T1D teens and young adults together in a half day event. While Check B4U Drive is for T1D teens, it’s also for parents that worry about their T1D son or daughter beginning to drive not having yet taken 100% control of their diabetes management.
(While we encourage all teens and young adults with diabetes to pursue their dreams, it’s important they always heed the advice of their medical advisors.)
Video above is a 1-minute overview of CB4UD from 2017
JDNL had the fortune to use the “driver training facility” of Dakota County Technical. This is an overview of the ‘course’ teens learned about driving control after having had sessions with a Certified Diabetes Instructor and a member of law enforcement.