“Your child has Type 1 diabetes”
Those are six words that no parent wants to hear. Those six words were a death sentence 90 years ago before the advent of insulin.
Today, most of the developed world has insulin to treat diabetes, but those six words are still a death sentence in most impoverished, undeveloped, and underdeveloped places on the globe. There is simply not the infrastructure to either transport or store the lifesaving medication in a cool environment. Insulin needs to be kept cool to keep it from breaking down and becoming worthless.
If poverty is an issue, sometimes a choice has to be made between feeding the entire family and saving that child’s life with expensive insulin.
What a horrible choice to have forced upon you.
In those portions of the world, parents hear “Your child has type 1 diabetes and there is nothing we can do about it. Your child is going to die.”
We can help change that. The IDF (International Diabetes Foundation) is working to change that with their Life for a Child Program. This program demonstrates how as little as $1 can save a child’s life by providing that lifesaving treatment.
This year, you asked to simply buy one less rose for Valentine’s Day and donate the difference to save a child’s life. Please consider doing this and make a donation here.
Now, those of you who know me know that I tend to be a little more brusque than some people. Because of that I say “Screw the roses. Let’s help a lot of children this Valentine’s Day instead”.
© 2013 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com