Friday, October 17, 2014
with November rapidly approaching the entire Diabetes Community is talking about Awareness campaigns and what we are all going to do to get involved.
You can write Hope on your hand, wear blue on Fridays, get a celebrity to wear a blue circle pin, you can write blogs and tweets and take pictures, you can turn local monuments blue and the list goes on and on. While I am all for raising awareness, how do these awareness campaigns turn into donations? How are these getting us any closer to having a CURE? We can have all the awareness in the world but if no one is donating to our cause then we are just treading water getting no where.
While it would be nearly impossible to re-create the ALS Ice Bucket challenge we need something drastic to make people see that our children and loved ones are secretly battling, suffering and dying from a disease that they didn't cause, a battle that lasts for the rest of their lives. There is no treatment, there is no remission, there is nothing but life support. A life support that has become more advanced and is making life easier for diabetics, but they are still suffering major consequences living with this disease. Type 1 Diabetics are losing eye sight, having heart problems, kidney problems, nerve damage, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, social problems and they are DYING! Infants, Children, Teenagers, and Adults are dying.....EVERY SINGLE DAY. It doesn't matter how well you manage your diabetes there is always danger lurking around each corner.
What are we doing to raise MONEY? A cure will only come with funding, plain and simple.
While I have the hope that maybe this year we will break that social barrier and the world will finally see once and for all just how badly our loved ones need this biological cure, my head asks the questions........how? How do we get that funding?
The vast majority of the world thinks that this is a self inflicted disease that is easily managed. How do we change their minds and give them a glimpse into our reality? How do we make them see that we fight for life every day, waiting for that cure? How do we make them see that our children's lives could depend on their donations for a CURE. I don't want my son to be a statistic. I don't want Type 1 Diabetes to take his life, but the harsh reality is that it could....any time, any day without warning!
I want my son to be able to say that he SURVIVED Type 1 Diabetes, that he BEAT Type 1 Diabetes, that he has been CURED of Type 1 Diabetes!
I raise money every chance that I get, because money is the only thing that is going to get us that cure.
So my question to you is, how are you RAISING MONEY for a cure this November??
Help us CURE Type 1 Diabetes!! http://norcal.jdrf.org/
-until next time