About National Assistance Coalition

Support NAC (National Assistance Coalition) is a community created by Gary Gentles and Angela Luongo, tech geeks and partners at Purlue Marketing and Design. Gary and Angela wanted to use their expertise in web design and online marketing as a way to give back to the community and spread awareness about the everyday struggles those with Type 1 diabetes face.

Type 1 diabetes is a serious disease that plagues over 29 million Americans today according to the American Diabetes Association.  Both children and adults (a majority were diagnosed as children) struggle with this disease every day and will for the rest of their lives unless a cure is found.

Support NAC was designed for 3 purposes:

  • To be a community that showcases support and care, while providing links to organizations and advocates that offer useful and helpful information about coping with Type 1 diabetes. For example, JDRF, The American Diabetes Association and The Diabetes Resource Coalition of Long Island.
  • To give a voice to those who are suffering with type 1 diabetes. We want to hear about and share your personal story. There are many who are living with type 1 diabetes that have preserved despite the disease and can serve as an inspiration to others who are having a tough time coping.
  • To raise awareness and continue to give helpful, resourceful and useful information through blog posts and links to sites where you can make donations to further the effort in finding a cure.
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We want to showcase that living with diabetes does not have to stop you from doing whatever it is you want in this life.

Gary G.

There are many people that we know living with this disease that don’t let it define who they are.

Angela L.

Even if you have diabetes, you can have a healthy lifestyle and the quality of your life can be improved.

DJ Spinderella, hip-hop pioneer

What is Type 1 Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, 5% of all people with diabetes have type 1. Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes, is typically diagnosed in early childhood and young adulthood. With type 1 diabetes the body does not produce insulin. Sugars and starches that are consumed are broken down into glucose, a simple sugar. The body uses glucose for its energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to take glucose from the bloodstream to the cells in the body. Insulin injections are necessary to control blood sugar levels and without insulin injections, a host of complications can happen such as kidney issues, nerve damage and more.

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We want to foster a community of encouragement and support