About EASE T1D

EASE T1D FoundersEASE T1D is the joint effort of two mothers Debbie George and Michelle Thornburg who have children with type 1 diabetes. Through our over 25 years of combined experience, we have come to recognize areas of significant need and have joined forces to apply our knowledge and passion in the effort to “EASE” Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) through education, awareness, support and empowerment.

EASE T1D understands the misconceptions about T1D and the lack of knowledge on the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. We’ve witnessed the struggles our children face on a daily basis and have felt the fear T1D instills in the family of the diagnosed child.

This is why we are here. To have the complicated conversations with doctors, nurses, teachers, and school staff on what type 1 diabetes entails, and provide a better understanding of the disease to help ensure the safety of our children.

It is crucial the general public understands the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and no longer labels them as one disease called “diabetes.” We strive to make these differences known through education.

Undiagnosed type 1 diabetes can result in Diabetic Ketoacidosis, (DKA) which can lead to life altering complications. We advocate educating parents on the signs and symptoms of T1D at all well baby/child care visits in an effort to prevent DKA.

Our T1D community is like family. We share life experiences, support for one another, as well as empower you, our children, and others around us to have confidence in conquering the daily challenges T1D throws our way.


T1D is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease for which there is currently no cure. It is a 24-7 disease that impacts all aspects of life. Despite common misconceptions to the contrary, diet and lifestyle are not causes of the disease and it cannot be prevented.



EASE T1D brings education and awareness through educational materials, social media, public speaking and community events to the general public which includes doctors, nurses, teachers and school staff.


EASE T1D is working with Senator Richard Roth to get legislation authored this Fall which will require doctors to test for elevated blood glucose levels on children who present flu/virus symptoms


Through community events where we are a vendor, we hand out our T1D awareness flyer (described above) to bring education to the general public. This is an actionable measure which will raise the awareness.

Upcoming Events



EAT WINGS * Raise Funds for Type 1 Diabetes Awareness

Wednesday | 11:00am



Meet n Greet with Kent Schnakenberg and EASE T1D

Sunday | 1:00pm



Chipotle & EASE T1D Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Night

Monday | 5:00pm

Keep Your Support

Our local Buffalo Wild Wings is partnering with us to Raise Awareness & Funds for November's National Diabetes Awareness Month. The Kick Off is on Wednesday Novemeber 2nd from 11:00am to Close. EASE T1D will be at Buffalo Wild Wings...

Guess who's coming to Corona... The one and only Kent Schnakenberg of Team Schnak driving his famous T1Destroyer! Please join us and hear Kent's mission as well as snap a pic!! SAVE THE DATE and mark your calendar, you won't...

Come out and support EASE T1D in our Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Fundraiser. Skip making dinner for a night and come get dinner at Chipotle! Click Here to Download Flyer [huge_it_share]

EASE T1D Directors

Debbie George

EASE T1D Founder

Michelle Thornburg

EASE T1D Co-Founder