The support your family needs

The Breakthrough T1D Bag of Hope™ is filled with resources for both children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and their caregivers.

Along with educational materials, we include a special friend:  Rufus the Bear with Diabetes Powered by Breakthrough T1D™, to show your child they have a cuddly friend to help them learn to test their blood sugar and inject insulin.

What’s included

Resources in your Breakthrough T1D Bag of Hope include (but are not limited to):

A cuddly friend to show your child they are not alone while learning to take insulin and check their blood sugar.

An introductory guide to type 1 diabetes (T1D) created with care by people living with T1D, their families, and medical experts. Learn T1D basics, what you should know about blood sugar and insulin, how to educate others about T1D, and where to find more information.

A storybook about your child’s new cuddly friend.

A widely acclaimed, easy to follow, comprehensive handbook on how to manage diabetes.

A young girl learns about type 1 diabetes and how insulin makes her feel better.

Helps kids identify different ways they might feel when they have low blood sugar.

  • Fun stickers from Breakthrough T1D
  • Information about Breakthrough T1D and how you can get involved
  • An illustrated overview of low and high blood sugar causes, symptoms, and treatments
When my son was diagnosed it was a very difficult time. Your Bag of Hope and Rufus helped him understand his situation a little better. It’s easier for him to receive his insulin shots and have his fingers ‘poked’ knowing Rufus also has to manage his T1D.”

Nilsa, mom to Yeremiah

T1D teen and adult packs

The Bag of Hope isn’t our only free resource for newly diagnosed families and individuals.


The Breakthrough T1D Teen Pack is filled with tools and resources to help make your journey with type 1 diabetes (T1D) a little smoother.



The Breakthrough T1D Adult Pack is filled with information and tools to educate, support, and inspire adults newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D).


Thank you to our sponsors

The Breakthrough T1D Bag of Hope program is made possible by generous funding provided by our sponsors: