The PADRE Foundation was founded in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization designed to support the needs of Southern California children and adolescents who have diabetes, and their families, through a program of diabetes health EDUCATION, support groups and events. It was founded by a group of parents who recognized the need in Orange County, California for education, resources and support for families who have children with diabetes.

Today, PADRE serves more than 2,400 pediatric patients annually throughout the greater Southern California area. As an independent non-profit organization, PADRE is dedicated to serving the community through its free diabetes self-care and SUPPORT programs. These programs are designed to improve diabetes self-management which positively affects the health outcomes of youth participants, and teaches valuable coping skills which ultimately strengthen the family function.

We invite you to take the time to meet some of the members of our PADRE family in the following pages to see how much your monetary support means to us.

Sincerely, PADRE Board of Directors

John Haretakis

Founder, Padre Foundation

The PADRE Foundation was founded in 1985 by John Haretakis, owner and founder of Spires Restaurants who's 5-year old daughter Nikolina was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The Haretakis Family was devastated by their daughters' diagnosis, so John set out to educate himself about diabetes. After visiting numerous facilities across the nation, John created the PADRE Foundation with the support of Dr. Bruce Buckingham, CHOC Children's and other faithful individuals with hopes of providing other families, like his, with the educational information necessary to live successfully with this disease. A small sparkle of an idea that started with Johns daughter diagnoses has grown into a galaxy of diabetes education and youth event programs, family support and research for new treatments and untimely a cure for this chronic and lifelong condition. Today with a small group of dedicated individuals on the PADRE Foundation Board of Directors and it's Staff we continue to make a difference in the lives of children with diabetes.

John passed away at age 88 on July 11, 2017. He will forever be remembered for this endless love and dedication towards the PADRE Foundation and those living with Type 1 diabetes. John you will forever be in our hearts.

john haretakis

John, Cathy (wife), Nikolina (daughter)



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