Make your Valentine’s Day meaningful – #sparearose


It’s official… I’m the last Diabetes blogger to post on this subject. But just in case you haven’t read about this yet, let me lay the groundwork for you. Because this is very important.

A number of Super Diaheroes (including Kelly Close, Manny Hernandez, Bennet Dunlap, Kerri Sparling, and Jeff Hitchcock) got together with Johnson and Johnson on an initiative to use social media to make a difference… right now.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. It’s a time when a lot of roses are given. Usually a dozen at a time. What we’re asking is that you buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and share the value of that flower with a child with diabetes in the developing world.

How do you do that? You donate the value of that one rose to the Life for a Child program under the auspices of the International Diabetes Foundation. According to the IDF:

“Donations to the IDF Life for a Child Programme are carefully directed to key areas of diabetes care and management so that established paediatric diabetes centres and associations can provide the best possible care, given local circumstances, to all children and youth with diabetes in developing countries.”

What that means is that in places where diabetes has previously been a death sentence for a child, kids are provided with insulin; meters, test strips, and lancets; diabetes education; and even diabetes training for local medical staff.

So please, join the Diabetes Online Community by showing your support to the Life for a Child program. Click on the banner above or click on this link to make your donation:

Give ’til it hurts, people. Because this is important. Lives are at stake. You can help to save lives today by making a donation… Tweeting about the initiative using the hashtag #sparearose… and if you haven’t already, blog about it too. For all the details, go to the Diabetes Advocates website:

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  • Bennet Dunlap  On February 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    LOL I am sure you are not the last, at least I hope so anyway. You are as much DiaSuperHero as any, ’cause what makes a hero is simply stepping up for the community.

    Thanks for sparing a rose – hero.


  • Scott K. Johnson  On February 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for helping to spread the word, Stephen!



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