As families who live in a developed nation, we complain about and debate the price of test strips, the accuracy of test strips, access to diabetes technology such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, and the long trip to see the endocrinologist every three months.
We have every right to want better care for our children with diabetes. Our children deserve the best diabetes management that we can give them to help ensure that they live the longest, healthiest lives they can.
But for many children of the world, diabetes is a death sentence.
(Read O is for Outrage! to hear more about the disparity I see between our access to insulin and the lack of insulin throughout the world.)
“For children around the world with type 1 diabetes, lack of access to insulin is the most common cause of death. And in some areas of the world, most children with diabetes can expect to live less than a year past their diagnosis date – if they’re diagnosed at all.
This Valentine’s day, our community can help change that.
Under the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign, we can help gain donations and awareness for Life for a Child, a sustainable International Diabetes Federation program aiming to fund the continuous medical care, access to supplies and medication, and diabetes education that children in developing nations need to stay alive. Spare a Rose, Save a Child is simple: buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and share the value of that flower with a child with diabetes in the developing world. Your loved one at home still receives flowers and you both give help to a child with diabetes who desperately needs it.”
Donating couldn’t be more easy. Every dollar that you give helps children with diabetes in developing nations get insulin. Five dollars supplies insulin for one child for a month. And with $60, the cost of a dozen roses, you could supply insulin to a child for an entire year.
Look, here’s a convenient donation button…
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The Spare A Rose, Save a Child Website