The Drop Spotted
Beyond Type 1 was founded earlier in 2015 by two d-moms, Juliet Baubiny and Sarah Lucas, and by celebrities Nick Jonas and Sam Talbot, who both live with type 1.
I’ve been following Beyond Type 1 on Instagram where they share a daily image and story about someone living with type 1. They ask “How do you live beyond?” Some of the best answers come from the littlest of T1’s such as Eddy who answered “by going down the tallest slides.” Your child with diabetes can be featured by submitting their story through their website.
Another one of their campaigns is “The Drop Spotted” campaign. Celebrities have been seen wearing their signature black hat with white blood drop, such as Sierra Sandison of #showmeyourpump fame. The “Drop” hat can be ordered from their website and then you can share a photo tagging it with @beyondtype1 and #TheDropSpotted.
We haven’t had a chance to take a photo of Q wearing the hat yet, but I was anxious to share information with you about Beyond Type 1 and their two social media campaigns, given that it’s Diabetes Awareness Month. The group is also raising $1 million, one dollar at a time, something that I am sure can happen given the fan base and celebrity of Jonas and Talbot. Plus I just really appreciate, with all the negative attention that diabetes often gets, how upbeat and positive Beyond Type 1 is. I’ve even learned a thing or two, including that one of my favorite actors Victor Garber lives with type 1.
From the Beyond Type 1 website:
Founded in February 2015, Beyond Type 1 seeks to bring a new level of respect, understanding and support for those living with type 1 diabetes. Our goal is to highlight the brilliance of those fighting this disease every day while always working toward ensuring a cure is on its way.
By establishing a supportive community via powerful social media people are connected on a global scale in a new way. Our Instagram campaign “Living Beyond,” showcases the age, range and variance of those living their best life with T1D, and our website and social media platforms provide education and support.
High profile collaborations and carefully curated special events will provide education and awareness, affording a greater capacity for strategic fundraising. Because our Founders + Founding Friends pay all operational and fundraising expenses, 100% of every dollar raised directly supports the most promising global efforts and programs working to educate, advocate and cure type 1 diabetes.
We aim to be provocative, inclusive and disruptive: putting a face on this disease, clearing up misunderstandings about who is affected by T1D and eradicating the stigma that comes from living with a chronic disease. We recognize there is a different narrative to be told: that of a strong empowered community living a powerful life beyond the diagnosis. We also recognize a future free of T1D is possible and we are here to make certain that future materializes. We are here to disrupt diabetes.
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Disclosure: Beyond Type 1 provided us with a Drop hat. Monetary compensation was not received for this post and opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure statement.