Taylor Swift, JDRF, and Walgreens…Trust me, I’ll tie it all together.

by Leighann on January 25, 2013

Taylor Swift JDRF

Not sure what Taylor Swift has to do with diabetes (that is Taylor Swift, right?) but I found it interesting that the local Walgreens was taking bids on this to benefit JDRF. I wonder if this is a company wide thing, or just this store.

If it’s just this store, does someone on the staff have a tie to diabetes? Type 1? A kid with type 1?

What made them choose JDRF over ADA? This store sells “sneakers” for JDRF and also for ADA.

This is the store that I go out of my way to use because of “Dave the Pharmacist.” I love Dave!

Also, it made me think of JDRF’s rebranding and not using the words “Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation” anymore, just the abbreviation. If the sign said only JDRF, would people not affected by diabetes know what JDRF is?

These are the kinds of things that keep me up at night. No, it’s diabetes that keeps me up at night. But these are the kinds of things that I think about when diabetes is keeping me up at night.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Scott E January 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I, too, am tempted not to use the new and shortened form of the foundation’s name for fear of people not understanding it. I often say “JDRF, the diabetes foundation” or “JDRF for diabetes research”. It’s awkward, but I don’t want to use the word Juvenile.

Walgreens is a pretty big sponsor of diabetes stuff, but in this case, I’d bet it’s a local manager’s choice. The sign doesn’t look “official” (no logos, trademarks, etc) and I really don’t know of any connection between Taylor Swift and diabetes. But any way of promoting or fundraising for the cause is good to me.


2 Angie January 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Our local Walgreens was doing this too!. Thanks Walgreens 🙂


3 Mike Hoskins January 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Now I’m curious…


4 Amy Halvorson Miller January 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I find this touching that someone at a local Walgreen’s would make this effort. Doesn’t look like a company-wide thing.

For me, it’s ironic that this is Walgreen’s donating to JDRF. They were our pharmacy until diabetes came along. During that overwhelming time at diagnosis, my first 3 visits there filling brand new insulin and supply Rx’s were horrible. It was weird how many things went wrong, so I switched to Safeway and have had excellent service.


5 Julie May 6, 2013 at 3:36 am

I saw that Taylor Swift stand up at Walgreens, but not with a sign, wish I’d known about it! I might have pit in a bid! Two wins at once!


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