Join me in giving just $7 to the diabetes charity, walk, or ride of your choice and encourage others in the Seven Dollar Diabetes Challenge (#7forDiabetes).
Challenge your friends and family to give $7 or challenge seven more people (or both!) to donate.
I have long looked up to D-Mom Tiburon Erickson and her son Ethan for their fundraising and awareness raising efforts. (Please read her “Meet a D-Mom“profile I did way back in 2010.) I consider the two of them to be rock stars in the diabetes world. Tiburon is a parent, just like you and me, who took on the monumental task of a centennial (100 mile!) length bike ride. Since her first ride she has gone on to become a coach, helping others train for and complete the race. Her son Ethan, who lives with type 1 diabetes, has now completed several of these long rides.
My two youngest came into my room last night with a wad of cash. They had been saving up their allowance and wanted to make a donation to the ride. Sometimes I forget that this ride thing is bigger than a mom trying to find a cure for her son. It is also about sisters trying to find a cure for their brother. They could have spent this $7 on anything – but they gave it to the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes. You can bet that when times get tough in Death Valley – this is one of the things I will think about. It doesn’t matter how big the donation is…to my girls, this was their entire fortune.
As you can tell by Tiburon’s recent Facebook status, which she allowed me to quote above, her daughters really exemplify what it means to support family members. It got me thinking that $7 is quite a bit for a child, but is it really all that much for us grown ups? I bet you spend that on one fast food lunch during the work week. Maybe you don’t feel that you can give a big donation to someone who is walking or riding for diabetes this fall. But $7 donations can add up very quickly!
So my challenge to you is to donate $7 or challenge 7 friends to donate.
Let’s create a movement here. Challenge seven friends to either give $7 to benefit diabetes programs or challenge seven of their friends (or both!).
You can donate to Ethan’s ride if you like. (Many of these rides have a minimum fundraising amount for the privilege to participate and it can be thousands of dollars.) Or you can donate to any of the numerous people with diabetes and their family teams that are walking or riding this fall. Or you can donate to your favorite research group or diabetes charity. There are so many options and all I ask is that you put $7 where your heart is.
After you donate, leave a comment telling us where your $7 went. (You can leave an anonymous comment just as you can give an anonymous donation.) And then spread the word to family and friends through whatever social media channel you use encouraging them to also give just $7 (use the hashtag #7forDiabetes). Feel free to grab this image and use it in blog posts and anywhere you are online.
What are you waiting for…go…give…challenge everyone you know to give $7.
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(Just a note: I get lots of requests to promote people’s fundraisers. I can’t promote them all and I wish I could give to all of them, but it’s just not feasible. I am highlighting Ethan’s campaign because his sister’s actions really moved me and I think we can all find a way to support people with diabetes by giving $7 to whatever walk, ride, or charity we individually support.)