Kortnie at the 2011 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, Tempe Town Lake, Tempe, AZ

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Spare A Rose, Save a Child

Today is Valentines Day.
A day for love, kisses, hearts, flowers, candy, unicorns, and glitter.
On this day in 2001 my Brian asked me to marry him, and from then on we have grown a beautiful family, full of love and fun. 
On this day and everyday I am thankful to live in a land where I am able to provide for my children.  Provide them easily with all of the things they need to grow; food, shelter, water, clean air to breathe, clothing, shoes, education,  LOVE, hugs, kisses, fun, and most importantly, in Kortnie's case, INSULIN!
There are children and adults in some countries who do not have access to insulin, it is just not available or they can't afford it.  With out insulin, a Type 1 Diabetic will die, we all need insulin to live, most of us produce our own, but Type 1's do not.
I don't even want to imagine what it would be like to live in an under-developed country, much less what it would be like to live there, have my child diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and have to watch them die, because I can't get the life saving medication that they need. 
Life For A Child.  is an International Diabetes Federation program that provides life saving insulin, education, and tools to children and their families in developing countries. 
Just $1 a day provides a child with regular insulin, blood sugar monitoring equipment, clinical care, diabetes education materials, and diabetes trained medical staff.
Spare a Rose, Save a Child is a campaign within the DOC (Diabetes Online Community) to help raise funds for Life For A Child.  The idea is that on this Valentines Day, if you planned on buying roses or even chocolate covered strawberries for your sweetie, you buy your 11 roses and take the money you'd spend on the 12th rose and donate to the Life For A Child campaign.
I donated $5 yesterday, can you spare a dollar or two, or five?  Even if you can't today, I hope you remember this programme and maybe you will have a few bucks to spare at some other time.
Happy Valentines Day from Kortnie's D-Life.

Kortnie is happy to have access to the tools and medications she needs to stay alive.