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Maui Tropical Soaps Proudly Supports

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Disaster Relief

People Who Serve People


The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Diabetes is the name given to disorders in which the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels. There are two major types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a disorder of the body's immune system.


Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys certain cells in the pancreas, an organ about the size of a hand that is located behind the lower part of the stomach. These cells -- called beta cells -- are contained, along with other types of cells, within small islands of endocrine cells called the pancreatic islets. Beta cells normally produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body move the glucose contained in food into cells throughout the body, which use it for energy. But when the beta cells are destroyed, no insulin can be produced, and the glucose stays in the blood instead, where it can cause serious damage to all the organ systems of the body.


For this reason, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin in order to stay alive. This means undergoing multiple injections daily, or having insulin delivered through an insulin pump, and testing their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. People with diabetes must also carefully balance their food intake and their exercise to regulate their blood sugar levels, in an attempt to avoid hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) reactions, which can be life threatening.

The warning signs of type 1 diabetes include extreme thirst; frequent urination; drowsiness or lethargy; sugar in urine; sudden vision changes; increased appetite; sudden weight loss; fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath; heavy, labored breathing; stupor; and unconsciousness.


Type 1 diabetes is generally diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults. Scientists do not yet know exactly what causes type 1 diabetes, but they believe that autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors are involved.


Every hour of every day, someone is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the most severe form of a disease that annually accounts for more than $100 billion in health care costs in the U.S. alone. Usually striking before the age of 30, type 1 diabetes takes a harsh toll on people. Not only will they be insulin-dependent for life, but devastating life-limiting and life-shortening complications such as blindness, amputation, heart disease and stroke, and kidney failure are an ever-present threat. Insulin is not a cure for the disease—it is merely life support.


Type 1 diabetes is destructive both to children and to childhood. Controlling the disease requires 24/7/365 vigilance and imposes a grueling regimen. It includes eating a carefully calculated diet, checking blood glucose levels several times each day (by lancing a finger) and insulin injections—as many as six per day—or delivery of insulin through a pump just to stay alive. It means children and families living by the clock, day and night, for the rest of their lives—lives that turn out to average about 15 years less than normal.


You can't outgrow type 1 diabetes. As JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore has said, "Diabetes is an all too personal time bomb which can go off today, tomorrow, next year, or ten years from now—a time bomb affecting which must be defused." The only solution is a cure. That's why JDRF has a singular mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research as soon as possible.

Our Hero

Our biggest joy is our little Victoria - a precocious 8-year-old with an insatiable love of dance and the talent to match. It looks like she may be able to follow in her mom's footsteps and become a professional ballerina....IF we can keep her healthy. When Vickie was 5 she became very sick, and we soon learned that she had type-1 diabetes. Victoria's days are filled with needles and huge blood sugar swings. A typical 'good' day for her involves 8 to 12 finger sticks and a bad day can be twice that. We monitor her 24/7/365 and we haven’t slept through the night for over three years. Not one night. Failure to keep her blood sugar in check could have devastating long-term or fatal short-term consequences. Vickie’s doctor tells us we’re doing a ‘heroic’ job, but we’re mentally, physically, and emotionally wiped out.

Make a Difference

Maui Tropical Soaps is committed to donating a generous percentage of its profits toward finding a cure for type-1 diabetes. Every time you make a purchase from us, part of the money goes toward finding a cure, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Disaster Relief

When mother nature strikes hard we will be there to lend a hand.

Japan 2011

As of this writing, more than 100,000 people are homeless and living in shelters as a direct result of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami and nuclear plant failure. We had nearly 200 customers in the areas hardest hit, and we do not know whether they survived, so this tragedy really hit home for us. As a result, we immediately sent over 500 pounds of soaps to our japanese friends who lost their homes or had to be evacuated.


Since our resources are limited and we cannot provide for enough people, we decided to run a BUY ONE - GIVE ONE campaign in Japan. This way, the people who were less affected can buy from us and support their less fortunate countrymen in the process. For every bar of soap sold in Japan in 2011, Maui Tropical Soaps will donate one bar of soap to a disaster survivor.


People Who Serve People

We should never forget the people who take care of us. In 2011, Maui Tropical Soaps is committed to supporting our firefighters and our troops stationed in harms way.

Great News - Your gift will be sent to a soldier or firefighter

We have been giving away lots of free stuff to our customers as a little extra thank you. For 2011 we will be sending your regular gift to a person who puts their life on the line to protect us. We sincerely thank you for supporting this program. Please know that your gift will make someone special very happy, and we will post their thank you letters and videos which will surely warm your heart.


*Please note that our prices have never been inflated to cover our donations.
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