Sunday, February 10, 2013

Spare a Rose, Save a Child

The power of social media in awareness campaigns, e-patient support and subsiding the psychological effects of diabetes has been documented relatively well, especially over the past year.

This year, for valentines day Diabetes Advocates are doing something extra special.

Kelly Close, Manny Hernandez, Bennet Dunlap, Adam Brown, Kerri Sparling, and Jeff Hitchcock got together with the help of some friends at Johnson and Johnson to create the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign in support of the Life for a Child program sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation.

The theory behind this campaign is that everyone buy one less rose/flower this valentines day, and the savings you make off the smaller purchase can be put towards a donation to the Life for a Child Program. This way your loved ones are still getting flowers and you are helping a great cause.

For those wondering the Life for a Child Program is in place to help children in developing countries have access to basic needs after a diabetes diagnosis: insulin, testing supplies, clinical care, education etc. These are all things that we in developed countries take for granted.

If you are another blogger/member of the diabetes online community and want to take part in this social media blitz here are a few tips:

Also, you can always send me flowers after you donate to this great campaign. Because I like pretty things.


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