Our Mission and History
Providing opportunities that empower, educate and create positive outcomes in the lives of children, young people and families whose life long journey includes battling Type 1 diabetes.
History of the Kids With Courage Foundation
The Kids With Courage story all began on March 9 2006, the day brave little 7 year old McGwire from Lee’s Summit Missouri was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Life changed that day as McGwire was placed in a new world filled with medical procedure and protocol. Forced to bear the burdens of a dreadful, life altering, life threatening disease and live a life of finger pokes, multiple daily injections, restrictions, interruptions and worries that children should not have to concern themselves with, yet brave little McGwire found a way to wake up each and every day with a smile. Our founder, Daphna Bottcher was inspired by her child’s amazing strength and courage. As a parent of a child diagnosed with Type 1, Daphna quickly realized that hope alone was passively inadequate to manage the daily challenges and demands of this devastating, scary disease. Daphna knew she wanted something more. The kids who battle each day to live needed more. They deserved more. A lot more. While no organization filled that void, Daphna developed the idea and pursued the creation of an organization that proactively promotes courage as its cornerstone, believing that daily courage is an essential tool to fight this disease. On September 17, 2007 the first Crate, Full of Courage, a bundle of encouragement, overflowing with essential tools, educational materials, love and support was delivered to a newly diagnosed patient with Type 1 diabetes at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Since then, thousands have been delivered.