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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: http://bit.ly/SpareRoseSaveChild

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: http://diabetesadvocates.org/c/spare-a-rose-save-a-child/

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There’s something I left out in Wednesday’s Like These Links post, and I want to include it here today. Plus a couple of extra things you might want to know about.

First, the thing I left out on Wednesday: Lee Ann Thill of The Butter Compartment has started a new project. If you’re a veteran of Diabetes Art Day, you know that Lee Ann has a special gift for inspiring people connected with diabetes to create art as therapy. I’m not particularly gifted (and that’s an understatement), but she even inspired me to do something this past year.

Anyway, Lee Ann’s new thing is related to her Doctoral studies, and it’s called VIAL Project (Voice – Insulin – Art – Life). According to the official website, “The purpose of this research is to explore the experience of having type 1 diabetes and food and body issues, and the experience of using arts-based expression on a social media platform.”

To get a detailed explanation of this very cool project from Lee Ann’s point of view, check out her post from earlier in the week: http://www.thebuttercompartment.com/?p=6863

To read more and sign up to participate, visit the VIAL Project website: http://vialproject.ning.com
Also, the International Diabetes Federation is sponsoring a giveaway of one of their “Show Your Outrage” T-shirts plus some extra blue circle swag. But hurry… the giveaway ends January 14. It’s easy to enter.
Just go to: http://www.idf.org//international-diabetes-federation-giveaway-0

Consider your message shared, IDF.
Finally, if you’re close to Washington, D.C. the first weekend in February, you’ll have the opportunity to attend the Children With Diabetes Focus on Technology Conference in Arlington, Virginia, right across the Potomac river from our nation’s capital. Tom Karlya will be there. And I just found out that Kerri Sparling and Scott Johnson will be there too. Okay, now I’m kinda jazzed about going. There will be lots of talk about diabetes and technology, and a closing keynote from Sebastien Sasseville, Team Type 1 athlete and the first Canadian with Type 1 diabetes to summit Mount Everest. The Great Spousal Unit needs to hear from this guy that I can do anything I set my mind to.
To find out more, register for the conference, and even book your hotel, start here: www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/activities/DC2013/
Enjoy your weekend!

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