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Children are Still Dying Without Access to Insulin

© 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and

“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.

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.

$5, the cost of a rose, can supply a child with life saving insulin for a month.  A month of life that was once not even a possibility. A dozen roses can save a child for an entire year.   This year, please 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”.

© 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and

  • Mike Hoskins

    Agreed, it’s so not right and it’s maddening to know this is how things are for so many. To know how scary and “world-ending” it seems to just hear about a diagnosis for your child, but to have that death sentence reality attached to it… outrageous in this day and age. Thanks for helping to spread the word about Spare A Rose, Scott.