AskNadia: Need A Free Insulin Pump

Dear Nadia,

Where’s a good place or resource to turn to for a type 2 diabetic meaning of myself who needs an insulin pump but has no insurance as I cannot afford to pay for insurance? I tried Google help and other places will only do discounted pumps and I still don’t have the money to pay $1,500 for a pump. I would also need to buy the cylinders, tubing, and needle sets. I want a Medtronic 722 or 723 high capacity pump. If you have any input at all that will lead me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.


Dear Cynthia,

I would recommend reaching out to the CR3 organization. The founder, Charles Ray III was diagnosed with diabetes at a time when he could not afford the supplies he needed to take care of himself.  Luck had it; he resembled a famous NBA player. People confused him with a professional athlete and donated diabetes supplies to him.

Charles’s first hand experience as someone that wanted to take care of his diabetes and lacked the resources to do so, is what inspired him to start his non-profit.

CR3’s mission is to get supplies to motivated people like yourself. Submit an application if you meet their qualifications below.

  • If you are uninsured
  • If you are under insured (which means that your yearly deductible is unattainable)
  • Household income is less than $60,000
  • If you are unable to monitor your blood sugar due to the expensive cost of glucose strips
  • If your physician has recommended insulin pump therapy for you

For those of you who would like to support a noble organization and help people with diabetes get the supplies they need, you can do so by going here to Donate .

What I find unique about this particular non-profit is that you can go online and choose whom to support by reading their profile. You can also make a one-time donation or a monthly donation and know exactly who will benefit from your kind gesture.

Send checks to:

CR3 Diabetes Association,

Box 792,

Apex, NC 27502

You can also donate by calling or faxing:

Phone (919) 303-6949 / Fax (919) 267-9629

Your generosity is greatly appreciated. No amount is too small to donate.



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Nadia was not only born into a family with diabetes but also married into one. She was propelled at a young age into “caretaker mode,” and with her knowledge of the scarcity of resources, support, and understanding for people with diabetes, co-founded Diabetes Interview now Diabetes Health magazine.

Nadia holds 14 nominations for her work as a diabetes advocate.

Her passion for working in the diabetes community stemmed from her personal loss. She has used her experience as a caretaker to forge a career in helping others.




One thought on “AskNadia: Need A Free Insulin Pump

  • November 14, 2019 at 3:14 am

    I’m 47 years old and my doctor’s are shocked I don’t have an insulin pump. They tell me I need one badly. My blood sugars are out of control. I’ve always had problems with my blood sugar. I have a 4 year old daughter that keeps me moving & vary active.
    I want to be here for my wife and child. But diabetes is taking its toll, it’s only going to get worse, unless I can get this pump.
    I have Medicare, which pays 80% .
    However I can’t afford the $1,200+ to cover my cost.
    What can I do to get one of these insulin pumps.
    I’m scared & desperate for one.
    I need a pump like I need air.
    Please help me.


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