Most people associate February with Valentine's Day but let's talk about another very important part of February, the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign.
I'm lucky that I live with diabetes in a place where I have access to insulin, to education, and to a lot of help/advice from the Diabetes Online Community (DOC). While I may wonder what will happen to my blood sugar as I eat my lunch; I have access to insulin to cover those carbs I'm munching on. Unfortunately, many children aren't so lucky and they need your help.
The Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign raises donations for Life for a Child which is currently helping over 17,000 children with diabetes in 46 countries. Lack of access to insulin is a common cause of death. The estimated life expectancy of a child who has just developed diabetes could be less than a year in some areas.
Here's the idea: Buy one less rose this Valentine's Day ('spare a rose') and donate what that rose costs to 'save a child' with diabetes in a developing country. What do roses cost now a days? $5 provides a month of life to a child with Type 1 diabetes. That seems pretty reasonable doesn't it? Even if you aren't the rose buying type, join the cool kids by jumping in feet first and donating too.
Need a bit more motivation to donate? Visit the Spare a Rose, Save a Child Facebook page and learn about some of the children that you can help. Bam! There it is!
It's this simple: Visit this link and choose a one time or monthly donation amount. You will be directed to PayPal but you don't need to have an account to donate (just click on the "Pay with a debit or credit card" link at the bottom of the page). Remember that if you live in the US your donation is tax deductible (more motivation!).
You can help save a life by giving a child access to insulin. You would also be giving ME a Valentine's Day gift without having to step out your front door. You know you want to. And I know that I would love it.