My Diabetes Inklings

Spare a Rose, Save a Child

Having had a spare time to have a proper look at my diary yesterday, I was astonished to see that we’re nearing the end of the first month of 2015! With February around the corner, so too is the Diabetes Online Community’s first big fundraiser of the year.

Many of us have access to diabetes technology such as insulin pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring. Though we complain that costs of these remain too high and unattainable for some, we should count our lucky stars for what we already have – access to basic diabetes medications and supplies.

In many parts of the world, lack of insulin still remains the most common cause of death in children with diabetes. Sadly, for these children who have just been diagnosed with diabetes, their estimated life expectancy could be less than a year.

Life for a Child is an International Diabetes Federation program, which provides life-saving diabetes medication, supplies and education to children with diabetes in developing countries. This program is currently helping over 15,000 children and youth with diabetes in 48 countries. That’s 15,000 more bright sparks who can help make the world a better place.

This video highlights the important work that Life for a Child does:

Spare a Rose, Save a Child is campaign put together by some amazing people from the Diabetes Online Community to raise awareness and funds for Life for a Child. The idea is to buy one less rose for Valentine’s Day and contribute the value of that rose to Life for a Child. The value of one rose is enough to save a child’s life for a month. A dozen roses will give a year of life for a child with diabetes. So even if you don’t care for Hallmark Holidays, please consider buying some roses to save a child’s life.

Visit the website for more information and to donate: Spare a Rose, Save a Child.

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