Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Rose By Any Other Name


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.

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